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Working Paper
The legacies of authoritarian repression on civil society

In this paper we examine the legacies on civil society of routine repressive activities carried out by authoritarian regimes, such as the targeting of opposition organizations...

Authoritarianism Repression Democracy
Electoral politics and Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Government responsiveness is an integral feature of representative democracy. Its importance could be amplified in times of crisis, especially if citizens cannot rely on market actors for help...

COVID-19 COVID-19 policy response COVID-19 vaccine
Journal Article
Clientelism and governance

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

vote-buying Clientelism Politics
Panel discussion
UNU-WIDER at ISA 2022 Annual Convention

UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino and Research Associate Rute Martins Caeiro join in a virtual panel discussion Trust and Governance in Unstable Democracies on 29 March 2022 14:00 - 15:30 (UTC-5) as part of the International Studies...

29 March 2022
Online, Nashville, United States
Past event
Working Paper
Aid's impact on democracy

This paper investigates the impact of foreign aid on democratic outcomes using a panel of countries for the period between 1995 and 2018...

Foreign aid Democracy Democracy aid
Subnational governance in Ghana – does decentralization improve democratic outcomes?

UNU-WIDER researchers in The state and statebuilding in the Global South — international and local interactions project attend an authors’ workshop at the London School of Economics . ( Download programme ). Rachel Gisselquist, Daniel...

13 December 202114 December 2021
Online, United Kingdom
Past event
Virtuous circles and downward spirals: The power of ideas & the limits of technocracy

What will it take to shake loose the distemper of our times, and initiate a virtuous spiral of renewal?...

Sustainable development Institutional quality Democracy
Project workshop
Workshop for the @Equal project
21 September 2021
Online, United States
Past event
Staffan Lindberg’s keynote address is a wake-up call

In introducing Staffan Lindberg’s keynote at the WIDER Development Conference, UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow and political scientist Rachel Gisselquist says that the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to new restrictions on rights and freedoms at a...

Democracy Democracy and human rights Autocracy
Working Paper
Clientelism and governance

Unlike much of the growing literature on political clientelism, this short paper contains mainly the author’s general reflections on the broad issues of governance (or mis-governance including corruption), democracy, and state capacity that cli...

vote-buying Clientelism Politics
Journal Article
The corruption–growth relationship: Does the political regime matter?

Corruption is widely believed to have an adverse effect on the economic performance of a country...

Corruption Democracy Economic growth
Working Paper
Good institutions and tax revenue outcomes in resource-rich countries: When ‘good’ is not enough

Developing countries that experience commodity booms struggle to mobilize sustainable tax revenues...

resource rent Tax revenue Institutions
Background Note
Review of sub-national institutional performance in Ghana

Introduction The literature on the concept, measurement, causes, and correlates of sub-national institutional governance is not new. From the seminal work of Putnam et al. (1993) to recent attempts by Iddawela et al...

Decentralized governance Decentralization Governance
Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa on Effectiveness of International & Swedish Democracy Aid for USAID

Miguel Niño-Zarazúa , Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, and Rachel M. Gisselquist , Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER will be presenting and discussing the findings of the report Effects of Swedish and international...

24 March 2021
Online, United States
Past event
In the media
UN Photo_Marco Dormino EBA/UNU-WIDER study on democracy aid featured in Kehityslehti Democracy aid Democracy Aid effectiveness
Journal Article
Health-system equity, egalitarian democracy and COVID-19 outcomes: An empirical analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spate of studies showing a close connection between inequitable access to health care, welfare services and adverse outcomes from the pandemic...

COVID-19 Healthcare Healthcare access
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