Can reconstruction programmes improve political perceptions in conflict contexts? Evidence from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

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dc.contributor.authorDe Juan, Alexander
dc.contributor.authorKoos, Carlo
dc.contributor.authorPellicer, Miquel
dc.contributor.authorWegner, Eva
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-17T11:34:58Z-
dc.date.available2023-02-17T11:34:58Z-
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.issn0038-2280
dc.identifier.urihttp://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/65464-
dc.description.abstractPostconflict reconstruction programmes often aim to improve state-society relations but fail to spell out the underlying process. We specify a mechanism that links aid programmes through (1) short-term and (2) medium-term improvements in basic services and (3) subjective progress to (4) perceptions of the state and spell four conditions (quality, sustainability, magnitude and attribution to the state) that must be met for this process to occur. We use this framework to evaluate a large-scale reconstruction programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We find that the programme improved basic services in the short term and midterm and positively affected beneficiaries' subjective well-being. However, we do not find evidence that aid benefits have translated into political trust towards state institutions-on the contrary, project villages display slightly more negative attitudes than control villages. We suggest that this is due to lack of attribution of the improvements to the state that which was included in the selection phase but largely absent in the implementation. This implies that improved services can erode state legitimacy when citizens interpret the provision by nonstate actors as a signal of the state's inability or unwillingness to provide these services.
dc.description.sponsorshipKfW; Projekt DEAL; We acknowledge funding by the KfW for this study. We received no consultancy fee from the KfW. Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherWILEY
dc.relation.ispartofSOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS
dc.subjectBusiness & Economics
dc.subjectDR Congo
dc.subjectEconomics
dc.subjectimpact evaluation
dc.subjectpolitical perceptions
dc.subjectpostconflict
dc.subjectreconstruction
dc.titleCan reconstruction programmes improve political perceptions in conflict contexts? Evidence from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/saje.12330
dc.identifier.isiISI:000853564500001
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-2014-0460
dc.identifier.eissn1813-6982
dc.publisher.place111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationSouth Afr. J. Econ.
local.import.remainsaffiliations : University Osnabruck; University of Bergen
local.import.remainsearlyaccessdate : SEP 2022
local.import.remainsweb-of-science-index : Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
crisitem.author.deptFB 01 - Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.deptidfb01-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidDeAl304-
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