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Ideas, Interests and Foreign Aid

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  • van der Veen,A. Maurits

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Why do countries give foreign aid? Although many countries have official development assistance programs, this book argues that no two of them see the purpose of these programmes in the same way. Moreover, the way countries frame that purpose has shaped aid policy choices past and present. The author examines how Belgium long gave aid out of a sense of obligation to its former colonies, The Netherlands was more interested in pursuing international influence, Italy has focused on the reputational payoffs of aid flows and Norwegian aid has had strong humanitarian motivations since the beginning. But at no time has a single frame shaped any one country's aid policy exclusively. Instead, analysing half a century of legislative debates on aid in these four countries, this book presents a unique picture both of cross-national and over time patterns in the salience of different aid frames and of varying aid programmes that resulted.

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  • van der Veen,A. Maurits, 2011. "Ideas, Interests and Foreign Aid," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521264099.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9780521264099
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    1. Heinrich, Tobias & Kobayashi, Yoshiharu & Bryant, Kristin A., 2016. "Public Opinion and Foreign Aid Cuts in Economic Crises," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 77(C), pages 66-79.
    2. Jisun Yi, 2015. "Lessons for Japanese foreign aid from research on aid's impact," WIDER Working Paper Series 055, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Unceta Satrustegui, Koldo & Gutiérrez-Goiria, Jorge, 2012. "Identidad y legitimidad de la cooperación al desarrollo: El debate sobre la relación de la AOD con la pobreza y la desigualdad internacional/Identity and Legitimacy of Development Cooperation: The Deb," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 773-800, Diciembre.

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