How Aid Targets Votes: The Impact of Electoral Incentives on Foreign Aid Distribution

  title={How Aid Targets Votes: The Impact of Electoral Incentives on Foreign Aid Distribution},
  author={Ryan S. Jablonski},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={293 - 330}
Despite allegations that foreign aid promotes corruption and patronage, little is known about how recipient governments' electoral incentives influence aid spending. This article proposes a distributional politics model of aid spending in which governments use their informational advantages over donors in order to allocate a disproportionate share of aid to electorally strategic supporters, allowing governments to translate aid into votes. To evaluate this argument, the author codes data on the… Expand

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