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United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)
International development, ethnic politics, ethnic inequality, horizontal inequality, state fragility, governance, democratization, African politics
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Comparative politics of the developing world, with particular attention to ethnic politics and group-based inequality, state fragility, governance, and democratization in sub-Saharan Africa

Recent Publications

Recent publications include:

Rachel M. Gisselquist, Stefan Leiderer, and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, “Ethnic Heterogeneity and Public Goods Provision in Zambia: Evidence of a Subnational ‘Diversity Dividend,’” World Development 78 (February 2016), 308-323.

Omar S. McDoom and Rachel M. Gisselquist, “The Measurement of Ethnic and Religious Divisions: Spatial, Temporal, and Categorical Dimensions with Evidence from Mindanao, the Philippines,” Social Indicators Research (2015), doi:10.1007s11205-015-1145-9. Print forthcoming.

Rauli S. Lepistö, Rachel M. Gisselquist, and Jussi Ojala, “’Embedded’ Assistance: Finn Church Aid’s Staff Secondment in Somalia,” International Peacekeeping 22.4 (2015): 354-371.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Good Aid in Hard Places: Learning from ‘Successful’ Interventions in Fragile Situations” International Peacekeeping 22.4 (2015): 283-301.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Varieties of Fragility: Implications for Aid,” Third World Quarterly 36.7 (2015), 1269–1280.

Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, “What Can Experiments Tell Us about How to Improve Government Performance?” Journal of Globalization and Development 6.1 (2015): 1-45.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: What Do We Know? What Can Comparative Analysis Add?” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 656.1 (2014): 6-21.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Ethnic Divisions and Public Goods Provision, Revisited,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 37.9 (2014): 1605-1627.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Paired Comparison and Theory Development: Considerations for Case Selection,” PS: Political Science & Politics 47.2 (2014): 477-484.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Developing and Evaluating Governance Indexes: Ten Questions,” Policy Studies 35.5 (2014): 513-531.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Benin: A Pulverized Party System in Transition,” in Party Systems and Democracy in Africa, edited by Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 129-147.

Rachel M. Gisselquist, “Ethnic Politics in Ranked and Unranked Systems: An Exploratory Analysis,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 19.4 (2013): 381-402.

Media Coverage

Some examples:

“Aid Can Make Lives Better, Project Concludes,” SciDev.Net, 23 July 2013.

Celia W. Dugger, “Contention Over Rankings of African Nations,” New York Times, 5 October 2009.

Robert I. Rotberg, “An African Scorecard,” International Herald Tribune, 5 December 2008.

“Criteria for a Continent,” The Economist, 15 November 2007.

“African Governance: It’s Better to Be Out to Sea,” The Economist, 27 September 2007.

“SA placed fifth on latest African governance index,” Mail & Guardian, 25 September 2007.

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