Political Economy of Foreign Aid|
Who gives and gets foreign aid, and does it work? This course will study how international and domestic interests interact and affect the causes and consequences of foreign aid. Foreign aid, which we can think of as funds or goods transferred internationally by actors in one state to another for the benefit of the recipient country (or its people), is a key and complex part of international relations and development. We have widely diverging theories about why states and organizations give aid (Is it a bribe for foreign policy favors? A humanitarian action? A bureaucratic tool?) and how aid affects those who receive it. (Does it promote economic growth and welfare? Cause corruption and violence? Undermine democracy? Change social norms?) Given the range of different questions we can ask about foreign aid, we can explore how causal inference (the study of how actions independently cause effects) can be applied to many different social science contexts and topics.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Intl.)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will be posted on the course site. No textbooks/purchases required.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Research paper (~15pp), peer review (~2pp), reviews of course papers (2pp x 3). We will build the component parts of the paper (research questions, hypotheses, literature review, empirical strategy, pre-analysis plan, and (optional) results) throughout the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students outside of the major may ask the instructor for permission to participate in the class, though participation will likely be conditional on the number of free slots available.
|Instructor(s): O'Brien-Udry,Cleo Marie Times: ....R.. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 12||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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