Popular Honors Thesis Projects: No Help for Haiti


“After the earthquake of 2010 that caused large destruction to Haiti, millions in foreign aid were funneled into the island nation. However, three years later, we have not seen much improvement.” This is the central issue addressed in the thesis “The Problem with Haiti: Why State Capture Causes Long Term Aid Ineffectiveness” by Morgan Barton, a senior political science major. Barton’s thesis focuses on why Haiti continues to see a weak government structure, and no improvements to economic growth or public services. “I argue that the negative development is due to state capture, characterized as a condition that persists when a group of firms and elites exert their economic power over political officials, shaping the politics to their advantage,” explained Barton.