Foreign aid donors make themselves visible as the funders of development projects to improve citizen attitudes abroad. Do target populations receive these political communications in the intended fashion, and does the information succeed in changing attitudes? Despite the widespread use of various mechanisms to communicate information about foreign funding, little evidence exists about their effectiveness. We embed an informational experiment about a USfunded health project in a nationwide survey in Bangladesh. Although we find only limited recognition of the USAID brand, explicit information about US funding slightly improves general perceptions of the United States; it does not, however, change respondent's opinions on substantive foreign policy issues. We also find that information increases confidence in local authorities. While our results suggest that information about foreign donors can effect attitudinal change, they also suggest that current mechanisms for information transmission might not be sufficient to do so.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Politics|
|State||Published - Jan 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
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Winters, M. S. (Creator), Dietrich, S. (Creator) & Mahmud, M. (Creator), Harvard Dataverse, Feb 7 2017