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Political Economy of Foreign Aid
GOVT 335
Spring 2022
Section: 01  

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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Intl.)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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