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Graham Wins APSA Grant & Ayoub Comments on Brexit

June 23, 2016

Erin Graham

Erin Graham, PhD, was recently awarded a research grant from the American Political Science Association (APSA), along with her colleague A. Burcu Bayram (University of Arkansas), for their project: “Knowing How to Give: IO Funding Knowledge and Donor Publics’ Preferences for Multilateral Foreign Aid.”

Surveys have long suggested that Americans lack knowledge about how foreign aid works, often overestimating the size of the U.S. foreign aid budget by large margins. Graham and Bayram expect that Americans similarly lack information about how much control the U.S. government exercises over the aid it provides through international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. The APSA grant will support an experiment to test the effects of IO financing knowledge on the public’s preferences to supply aid through multilateral organizations. Graham and Bayram hypothesize that the public will support multilateral aid at much higher levels when they are provided with knowledge about how contemporary IOs are actually financed. This project builds on their earlier work that seeks to explain variation in how donors provide financial support to United Nations agencies and has for American foreign policy and the financial health and governance of multilateral organizations.

Phillip Ayoub, PhD

Phillip Ayoub, PhD, is the author of an article "Would Brexit Help LGBT People in Britain? Be Skeptical" for Washington Post political news blog The Monkey Cage. Ayoub sheds light on the implications of the Brexit referendum for Britain's LGBT communities, arguing that British membership in the EU helped to forge a path for greater LGBT rights and more LGBT acceptance in Britain.

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