Foreign Aid and Government Legitimacy

Simone Dietrich, Matthew S. Winters

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Branding of foreign aid may undermine government legitimacy in developing countries when citizens see social services being provided by external actors. We run a survey experiment on a sample of Indian respondents. All subjects learn about an HIV/AIDS program; treated subjects learn that it was foreign-funded. We find null results that, along with existing results in the literature obtained from observational data, call into question the view that foreign-funded service delivery interferes with the development of a fiscal contract between the state and its citizens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-171
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Political Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • India
  • Survey experiment
  • fiscal contract
  • foreign aid
  • government legitimacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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