Articles by Rachel Gisselquist

01 2021

Clientelism – another reason to worry about US democracy

Rachel Gisselquist
The last several months have given us many reasons to worry about US democracy – not least the riot at the US Capitol and the president’s refusal to accept the results of the November election, with Republican support. Rachel Gisselquist argues that clientelism is yet another reason to worry
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11 2020

Headline data suggests low-income states are coping better with the pandemic than high-income states. But is this true?

Rachel Gisselquist
States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. But if we take into account factors such as favourable climate and the age structure of the population, the Covid-19 impact is, in fact, greater on states with weak institutions, explain Rachel M. Gisselquist and Andrea Vaccaro
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Rachel Gisselquist
Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

Rachel is a member of the senior management team at UNU-WIDER. She works on the politics of developing countries, with particular attention to inequality, ethnic politics, statebuilding and governance and the role of aid therein, democracy and democratisation, and sub-Saharan African politics.

Her work is published in various journals and edited volumes, most recently World Development, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Social Indicators Research, and Oxford Development Studies.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

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