Exporting Democratic Practices: Evidence from a Village Governance Intervention in Eastern Congo

63 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2020

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Macartan Humphreys

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

University of Chicago

Peter Van der Windt

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi

Date Written: June 15, 2019

Abstract

We study a randomized Community Driven Reconstruction (CDR) intervention that provided two years of exposure to democratic practices in 1,250 villages in eastern Congo. To assess impacts, we examine behavior in a later village-level unconditional cash transfer project that distributed $1,000 to 457 treatment and control villages. The exercise provides opportunities to assess whether public funds get captured, what governance practices are employed by villagers and village elites and whether the intervention altered these behaviors. We find no evidence for such effects. The results cast doubt on current attempts to export democratic practices to local communities.

Keywords: Political Processes, Political Economy, Institutions, Culture, Demonstration Effects, Congo

JEL Classification: D72, P48, D02, O17

Suggested Citation

Humphreys, Macartan and Sanchez de la Sierra, Raul and Van der Windt, Peter, Exporting Democratic Practices: Evidence from a Village Governance Intervention in Eastern Congo (June 15, 2019). Forthcoming in Journal of Development Economics, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3520438

Macartan Humphreys (Contact Author)

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Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

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Peter Van der Windt

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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