States, Markets, and Foreign Aid
Why do some donor governments pursue international development through recipient governments, while others bypass local authorities under similar recipient country and international economic conditions? Weaving together scholarship in political economy, public administration, and historical institutionalism, States, Markets, and Foreign Aid establishes connections between ideological orientations of donor governments and patterns of donor behaviour. The book demonstrates how donor countries whose institutions are organized around neoliberal principles bypass recipient governments, while donors with more traditional public sector-oriented institutions cooperate and engage recipient authorities on aid delivery. It demonstrates how internal beliefs and bureaucratic practices about states inform how donors see and set their objectives for foreign aid and international development itself. These insights carry implications for debates about the effectiveness of international development efforts, donor coordination, and global governance.
Simone Dietrich is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
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