College of William and Mary
China and the African State: Assessing the Effects of Chinese Investment and Development Projects on State Capacity and Legitimacy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
May 2014 – June 2016
The College of William and Mary will use opinion surveys, experimental games, and focus groups to study whether and how Chinese development assistance, focused on infrastructure, influences local governance in Africa. With the DFG grant, the research team will conduct an initial pilot study of its hypotheses in three counties in Liberia—Bong, Lofa, and Nimba—that receive substantial Chinese aid and also have the most data available on state capacity and citizens’ perceptions of state legitimacy. The field work for this research originally was scheduled for Fall 2014 but was delayed due to the Ebola emergency in Liberia; the revised research protocols will incorporate questions to isolate the effects of the Ebola crisis.