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Completed research project

Title / Titel Aid and democratization
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Summary / Zusammenfassung This project examines the influence of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) on democratization in developing countries. The project focuses on two interrelated topics:
(1) the instruments that the IMF and the World Bank can use to effectively encourage democratization in developing countries, and (2) the institutional context that shapes the interactions between domestic and international actors in the area of democratization. More specifically, the project compares the new Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS) with previous instruments of IFIs’ intervention. The aim is to define procedural and contextual factors that explain whether, and under which conditions, the IFIs’ influence in general, and the PRS process in particular, can be expected to encourage democratization in developing countries. The main focus will be on African and Asian countries during the third wave of democratization from 1974 to 2007. Theoretically, a political economy perspective is adopted here. According to this logic, the policies of the IFIs can have a positive or negative impact on democratization depending on the incentives thereby created for the involved political actors. On this theoretical basis, an empirical analysis based on a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods is proposed. As a result, it should become clear whether, and under which conditions, PRSP processes outperform previous instruments of multilateral cooperation in terms of promoting democratization in developing countries.

(For related research, see also --> "Aid effectiveness / Political economy of aid".)
Publications / Publikationen Dürr, Jacqueline, Katharina Michaelowa and Jürg Vollenweider (2008): Poverty Reduction Strategies, Democratization and the Role of the World Bank, CIS Working Paper No. 39, Zurich 2008.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe Democratization, PRSP, International financial institutions
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Katharina Michaelowa (Project Leader)
Sophia Limpach-Hänny
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Forschungskredit der Universität Zürich
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
André Bächtiger, University of Bern Switzerland
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Sep 2006 to Dec 2012