University of Virginia
The Impact of Development Projects on Leader Popularity and Accountability
June 2014 – May 2015
- Molly Lipscomb, Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia
- Robert Dowd, Comparative Politics, University of Notre Dame
The University of Virginia research team studied whether and how local leaders’ management of development projects affects their popularity, effectiveness, and ability to attract additional external resources to their communities, using a large dataset that the researchers had built in studying the promotion and use of a water treatment tablet at the village level in Uganda.