I study the political sociology of international development and globalization, and most of my research examines the effects of transnational processes and actors on things like foreign aid policies/programs or women’s political representation in the developing world.
Within this context, my ongoing research looks at: (1) the expansion of the global foreign aid network and its role in the diffusion of world cultural norms and models; (2) Canadian foreign aid policy; and (3) the causes and effects of women’s political representation in low- and middle-income countries.
Details of some of my past research projects and publications are listed below. A full list of publications is available in my CV.
Swiss, L. (2018) The Globalization of Foreign Aid: Developing Consensus. London: Routledge.
Swiss, L. (2009). Decoupling Values from Action: An Event-History Analysis of the Election of Women to Parliament in the Developing World, 1945–90. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 50(1), 69–95. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020715208100981
Swiss, L., & Bourdais, C. L. (2009). Father–Child Contact After Separation: The Influence of Living Arrangements. Journal of Family Issues, 30(5), 623–652. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513×08331023
Swiss, L. (2011). Security Sector Reform and Development Assistance: Explaining the Diffusion of Policy Priorities among Donor Agencies. Qualitative Sociology, 34(2), 371–393. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11133-011-9194-0
Swiss, L. (2012). The adoption of women and gender as development assistance priorities: An event history analysis of world polity effects. International Sociology, 27(1), 96–119.
Fallon, K. M., Swiss, L., & Viterna, J. (2012). Resolving the Democracy Paradox: Democratization and Women’s Legislative Representation in Developing Nations, 1975 to 2009. American Sociological Review, 77(3), 380–408.
Swiss, L., Fallon, K. M., & Burgos, G. (2012). Does critical mass matter? Women’s political representation and child health in developing countries. Social Forces, 91(2), 531–558.
Brown, S., & Swiss, L. (2013). The hollow ring of donor commitment: Country concentration and the decoupling of aid-effectiveness norms from donor practice. Development Policy Review, 31(6), 737–755.
Bourdais, C. L., Girard, M., Swiss, L., & Évelyne Lapierre-Adamcyk. (2013). Entre famille et vieillissement :Impact des transformations familiales aux âges avancés 1 . International Journal of Canadian Studies, 47, 9–40. https://doi.org/10.3138/ijcs.47.9
Anderson, M. J., & Swiss, L. (2014). Peace Accords and the Adoption of Electoral Quotas for Women in the Developing World, 1990–2006. Politics & Gender, 10(01), 33–61. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1743923x13000536
Jones, R. C., & Swiss, L. (2014). Gendered Leadership: The Effects of Female Development Agency Leaders on Foreign Aid Spending. Sociological Forum, 29(3), 571–586. https://doi.org/10.1111/socf.12104
Swiss, L., & Longhofer, W. (2015). Membership Has Its Privileges: Shared International Organizational Affiliation and Foreign Aid Flows, 1978–2010. Social Forces, 94(4), 1769–1793. https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/sov117
Swiss, L., & Brown, S. (2015). The aid orphan myth. Third World Quarterly, 36(2), 240–256. https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2015.1013319
Stoddart, M. C. J., Swiss, L., Power, N., & Felt, L. F. (2016). Taking Care of Companion Animals: Institutional Policies and Practices in Newfoundland and Labrador. Society and Animals, 24(5), 423–444.
Swiss, L. (2016). A Sociology of Foreign Aid and the World Society. Sociology Compass, 10(1), 65–73. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12336
Swiss, L., & Fallon, K. M. (2016). Women’s Transnational Activism, Norm Cascades, and Quota Adoption in The Developing World. Pol & Gen, 1–30. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1743923x16000477
Swiss, L. (2016). World Society and the Global Foreign Aid Network. Sociology of Development, 2(4), 342–374. https://doi.org/10.1525/sod.2016.2.4.342
Swiss, L., & Fallon, K. M. (2017). Women’s Transnational Activism, Norm Cascades, and Quota Adoption in the Developing World. Politics and Gender, 13(3), 458–487.
Ricciardelli, R., Crichton, H., Swiss, L., Spencer, D. C., & Adorjan, M. (2017). From knowledge to action? The Youth Criminal Justice Act and use of extrajudicial measures in youth policing. Police Practice and Research, 18(6), 599–611.
Sano, Y., Kaida, L., & Swiss, L. (2017). Earnings of Immigrants in Traditional and Non-Traditional Destinations: A Case Study from Atlantic Canada. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 18(3), 961–980.
Swiss, L. (2017). Foreign aid allocation from a network perspective: The effect of global ties. Social Science Research, 63, 111–123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.09.011
Fallon, K. M., Mazar, A., & Swiss, L. (2017). The Development Benefits of Maternity Leave. World Development, 96, 102–118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.03.001
Banchani, E., & Swiss, L. (2019). The impact of foreign aid on maternal mortality. Politics and Governance, 7(2), 53–67.
Gulrajani, N., & Swiss, L. (2019). Donor proliferation to what ends? New donor countries and the search for legitimacy. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 40(3), 348–368.
Dawson, A., & Swiss, L. (2020). Foreign aid and the rule of law: Institutional diffusion versus legal reach. The British Journal of Sociology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12752
Morton, S. E., Muchiri, J., & Swiss, L. (2020). Which feminism(s)? For whom? Intersectionality in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. International Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020702020953420
Tiessen, R., Smith, H., & Swiss, L. (2020). Canada’s evolving feminist foreign policy: Lessons learned from 2017 to 2020. International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020702020954853
Davis, J.-M., & Swiss, L. (2020). Need, Merit, Self-Interest or Convenience? Exploring Aid Allocation Motives of Grassroots International NGOs. Journal of International Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3505
Swiss, L., & Ilonze, P. C. (2021). Taking foreign aid and decoupling seriously: a framework for research. Third World Quarterly, 42(7), 1455–1474. https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2021.1898279
Wei, Q., & Swiss, L. (2020). Filling Empty Promises? Foreign Aid and Human Rights Decoupling, 1981-2011. The Sociological Quarterly, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/00380253.2020.1828003
Swiss, L. (2014). Mimicry and Motives: Canadian Aid Allocation in Longitudinal Perspective. In Rethinking Canadian Aid (pp. 101–124). University of Ottawa Press.
Swiss, L. (2014). Globalization and Social Change. In Principles of Sociology: Canadian Perspectives (pp. 299–317). Oxford University Press.
Swiss, L. (2016). Mimicry and motives: Canadian aid allocation in longitudinal perspective. Rethinking Canadian Aid: Second Edition, 107–131.
Swiss, L. (2012). Gender, security, and instrumentalism: Canada’s foreign aid in support of national interest? Struggling for Effectiveness: CIDA and Canadian Foreign Aid, 135–158.
Swiss, L., & Maxwell, S. (2010). A New National Project for Canadian Development Cooperation.