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Compassionate conservatives or conservative compassionates? US political parties and bilateral foreign assistance to Africa

  • Markus Goldstein
  • Todd Moss

Conventional wisdom about US foreign policy towards Africa contains two popular assumptions. First, Democrats are widely considered the party most inclined to care about Africa and the most willing to spend resources on assistance to the continent. Second, the end of the Cold War was widely thought to have led to a gradual disengagement of the US from Africa and reduced American attention toward the continent. This article analyses data on US foreign assistance flows from 1961 - 2000 and finds that neither of these assumptions is true. Rather, we find that the configuration of party control over Congress and the Presidency matters significantly, with aid to Africa substantially reduced when the two branches are in opposition.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2005)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 1288-1302

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