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The effects of U.S. foreign assistance on democracy building, 1990-2003

Finkel, SE and Pérez-Liñán, A and Seligson, MA (2007) The effects of U.S. foreign assistance on democracy building, 1990-2003. World Politics, 59 (3). 404 - 439. ISSN 0043-8871

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Democracy promotion has been an explicit doctrine of U.S. foreign policy since the end of the cold war. Between 1990 and 2003 resources for democracy programs increased by over 500 percent. Has this policy worked? Prior research has been inconclusive, relying either on case studies or on quantitative efforts that have not distinguished overall foreign assistance from democracy promotion. The authors answer this question using a new data set that includes program information for 165 countries for the years 1990-2003. The analysis distinguishes between direct and indirect causal mechanisms and employs a variety of statistical models that allow the authors to control for the unique democratization trend in each country when assessing causal effects, as well as for the potential endogeneity of U.S. democracy assistance. The analysis shows that democracy assistance does indeed have a significant impact.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Finkel, SEfinkel@pitt.eduFINKEL
Pérez-Liñán, A
Seligson, MA
Date: 1 January 2007
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: World Politics
Volume: 59
Number: 3
Page Range: 404 - 439
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1017/s0043887100020876
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0043-8871
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 20:58
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:57


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