Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type


First Advisor



This paper seeks to answer the question about whether or not aid is connected with democratization, and more specifically if official development aid is effective in influencing regime change and democratization. This is preliminary test to see if there is any connection between aid and regime type, and if there is, then it would suggest a direction for future research. Through comparing Official Development Assistance with Polity IV scores pertaining to regime type, it has been shown that while there is no clear correlation between aid allocations and democratization, there seems to be a trend of aid increasing when the most authoritarian regimes begin to liberalize.