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Can Donors and Nonstate Actors Undermine CitizensÕ Legitimating Beliefs?


  • Sacks, Audrey

    () (World Bank)


Under what conditions is service provision by donors and nonstate actors likely to undermine or strengthen citizensÕ legitimating beliefs? A new study assesses associations between donor and nonstate actor service provision and the sense of obligation that these associations produce for citizens to comply with tax authorities, the police, and courts. This note presents the studyÕs findings, which suggest that the provision of services by donors and nonstate actors is strengthening, rather than undermining, the relationship between citizens and the state.

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  • Sacks, Audrey, 2012. "Can Donors and Nonstate Actors Undermine CitizensÕ Legitimating Beliefs?," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 95, pages 1-5, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep95

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    Cited by:

    1. Ben Leo, 2013. "Is Anyone Listening? Does US Foreign Assistance Target People's Top Priorities?-Working Paper 348," Working Papers 348, Center for Global Development.

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    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue


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