Electrifying the base? Aid and incumbent advantage in Ghana*

  title={Electrifying the base? Aid and incumbent advantage in Ghana*},
  author={Ryan C. Briggs},
  journal={The Journal of Modern African Studies},
  pages={603 - 624}
  • Ryan C. Briggs
  • Published 2012
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Modern African Studies
ABSTRACT In 1999, the year before Ghana's 2000 election, the country experienced a large, unexpected decline in aid. The incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) lost the election. Did the decline in aid hurt the NDC at the polls, or was it simply incidental? Using data from a national, World Bank-funded electrification project, this article shows that the NDC was able to allocate aid according to explicitly political criteria. The article also exploits a quasi-experiment in aid… Expand