Introducing a new data set : budget support suspensions as a sanctioning device : an overview from 1999 to 2014
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Governance: an international journal of policy and administration. - Oxford
University of Antwerp
This article presents a new, publicly available data set covering all budget support (BS) suspensions in the period 19992014. The data set covers 239 BS suspensions, involving 18 donors and 40 recipient countries. This article shows an aggregate picture of these suspensions, including the reasons why donors suspended, which donors have been active in suspending their BS, and which countries have been undergoing these aid sanctions. From this aggregate picture some patterns drawn out, substantiate a couple of things that have surfaced in the literature already. With 42% of BS suspensions in the Democracy and Human Rights category, it is clear that democratic governance has been a pertinent reason to legitimize BS suspensions. The large number of suspensions in some countries also indicates the unpredictability of budget support.