My work is situated in developing democracies in West Africa, and explores the role and influence of civil society on democratic governance, including its ability to impact citizen participation and civic engagement, its role in advocacy and public policy making, its capacity to elicit public and social accountability, its potential role in anti-corruption initiatives and in the promotion of ethical behavior, and in service delivery. A major objective of my work is to expand our understanding of the potential role of civil society in democratic development. 





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Krawczyk, Kelly. 2018. “The Relationship Between Liberian CSOs and International Donor Funding: Boon or Bane?” Special Issue of Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations on “Aid Reduction and Local Civil Society: Causes, Comparisons, and Implications." Volume 29 (2): 296-309.

Krawczyk, Kelly and R. Muhula. 2018. “In Search of a More Equitable Society: Decentralization in Liberia.” Development Policy Review. 36(3): 369-386.

Krawczyk, Kelly, Michelle Wooddell and Ashley Dias. 2017. “Charitable Giving In Arts & Culture Nonprofits: The Impact   of Organizational Characteristics.” Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 46(4): 817-836.

Krawczyk, Kelly and Jennifer Sweet-Cushman. 2017. “Understanding Political Participation in West Africa: The Relationship Between Good Governance and Local Citizen Engagement.” International Review of Administrative Sciences. 83(IS): 136-155.


LeRoux, Kelly and Kelly Krawczyk. 2014. “Can Nonprofit Organizations Increase Voter Turnout? Findings From an Agency-Based Voter Mobilization Experiment.” Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly.


Book Chapters

Krawczyk, Kelly and Avery-Davis Roberts. 2019. “Increasing Confidence in International Elections.” In: The Future of Election Administration. Editors: Bridgett King, Mitchell Brown, and Kathleen Hale. Palgrave. 

Krawczyk, Kelly. 2019. “Ghana’s 2012 Election: Free, Fair, and Flawed?” In: The Future of Election Administration: Case Studies from National, State, and Local Election Offices and Partners. Editors: Bridgett King, Mitchell Brown, and Kathleen Hale. Palgrave.

Krawczyk, Kelly. 2019. “Transnational Civil Society and Global Public Policy: Opportunities and Obstacles in the Twenty-First Century”. In The Oxford Handbook on Global Policy and Transnational Administration. Diane Stone and Kim Moloney, Editors. Oxford University Press.



Government and Professional Publications

Krawczyk, Kelly. September 2016. “Enhancing Local Justice in Urban Liberia: Community Justice Team (CJT) Impact Evaluation Report.” The Accountability Lab. Washington, D.C.


Krawczyk, Kelly and Blair Glencorse. Spring 2015. “Building Creative Tools for Accountability.” The PA Times. American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).


Muhula, Raymond and Kelly Krawczyk. 2014. “Liberia: Engaging Decentralization in an Uncertain Political  Context: A Diagnostic Study.” The World Bank. Report No: ACS9657. Washington, DC.

Krawczyk, Kelly. November 2014. “How Liberian Civil Society is Strengthening the Response to the Ebola Crisis.” Good Governance Worldwide. Online journal of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section for Public Management Practice.


Muhula, Raymond and Kelly Krawczyk. January/February/March 2014. “Building Resilience Through Decentralization in Fragile States: The Case of Liberia.” The PA Times. American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications