Title page for ETD etd-1105103-140728

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hale, Eric T.
URN etd-1105103-140728
Title A Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of the National Endowment for Democracy, 1990-1999
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Eugene Wittkopf Committee Chair
Cameron Thies Committee Member
James Garand Committee Member
Richard White Committee Member
William Clark Committee Member
Robert Justis Dean's Representative
  • freedom
  • foreign aid
Date of Defense 2003-10-22
Availability unrestricted
Billions of dollars have been spent to promote democracy and economic freedom through U.S. foreign aid, but little is known about its impact. The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is the leading U.S. organization that promotes democracy and economic freedom throughout the world. Since its founding, NED has been the subject of immense discussion and controversy. The goal of this dissertation is to provide insight into the promotion of democracy and economic freedom through an analysis of NED’s activities during the 1990s. The analysis does not find evidence that NED was successful at promoting democracy and economic freedom during the 1990s. Even though NED grant money appears to have been appropriately awarded to countries based on their need, the grant money did not have a significant impact on political and economic freedom. This calls into question the wisdom of using the U.S. government’s scarce resources to promote democracy and economic freedom – not only through NED, but in any similar manner.
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