Justine Davis

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Department:
Political Science
Term:
AY 17-18

How does political violence affect the success of local-level democracy promotion? International donors channel large portions of their democracy-promotion aid through local NGOs in the developing world, and yet little research consider how violence affects the supply of and demand for democracy promotion in post-conflict settings. This project examines how violence shapes where NGOs locate their democracy promotion activities and the strategies they employ to enter conflict-affected communities, while also exploring how citizens constrain or enhance NGO democracy promotion efforts after episodes of violence. To investigate these questions, this project draws on a multi-methods approach leveraging subnational variation in exposure to different types of political violence in Côte d’Ivoire, integrating survey experiments on citizen preferences for democracy promotion; creating and analyzing a dataset of democracy promotion activities in Côte d’Ivoire from 2000-2015; and conducting participant observation of democracy-promotion activities around the 2018 municipal elections.