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After the Paris Declaration: Taking on the Issue of Power


  • Goran Hyden


The new approach to assisting developing countries inspired by the Paris Declaration emphasises greater recipient control over the funds provided, thus confining donors'influence to upstream points in the policy process, where political aspects of development co-operation become more important. Understanding better the role that power plays in the aid relationship will be critical to the implementation of the Declaration. This article shows how the political science literature can inform this set of issues. It argues that an understanding of aspects of power illuminates the challenges involved in transforming relations between donors and recipient governments as well as between governments and civil society organisations. Copyright (c) The Author 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Goran Hyden, 2008. "After the Paris Declaration: Taking on the Issue of Power," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(3), pages 259-274, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:3:p:259-274

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