Paul Clements

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Paul Clements
Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIDA Program
(269) 387-5699
(269) 387-4930
3354 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
Office hours: 

Monday, 1:30 to 3 p.m., and Friday, 9 to10:30 a.m.
And by appointment.

  • Ph.D., Public Affairs, Princeton University, 1996
Teaching interests: 
  • Development administration
  • Evaluation
  • Political development
  • Political philosophy
Research interests: 
  • African politics
  • Evaluation of foreign aid
  • Social science methodology

Dr. Paul Clements, professor of political science at Western Michigan University, gave a dissertation for his Ph.D. titled Development as if Impact Mattered: A Comparative Organizational Analysis of USAID, the World Bank and CARE based on case studies of projects in Africa.

Clement's published articles include:

  • Three articles in World Development on the organization of foreign aid
  • Reducing World Poverty by Improving Evaluation of Development Aid in the American Journal of Evaluation
  • Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Heifer International Country Programs in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation
  • The Reasonable and the Rational Capacities in Political Analysis (co-authored by Dr. Emily Hauptmann) in Politics & Society in 2002

Clement also wrote:

  • The book Rawlsian Political Analysis: Rethinking the Microfoundations of Social Science, developing Rawlsian or Kantian microfoundations for political analysis as an alternative to rational choice theory (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)
  • The paper A Rawlsian analysis on the Plight of Bihar (Studies in Comparative International Development, 2005)

He consults for domestic and international organizations on the design of monitoring and evaluation systems.