Political Trust, Corruption and Ratings of the IMF and the World Bank

Michael Breen, Robert Gillanders

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There are only a handful of studies that examine public support for the IMF and World Bank. Public opinion data on attitudes to the economy feature prominently in these studies. Utilizing data from the Afrobarometer survey, we find that evaluations of the economy, ideology, and a range of sociodemographic factors including age, gender, employment status, health, education, and living conditions are not significantly related to ratings of effectiveness. Rather, we find that political trust and corruption—two very important concepts in the wider literature on individual-level attitudes toward international relations and foreign policy issues—are strongly associated with ratings of effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Interactions
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)337-364
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Africa
  • corruption
  • International Monetary Fund
  • public opinion
  • trust
  • World Bank


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