Ideas, Interests and Foreign Aid

Cambridge Studies in International Relations 120

By A. Maurits van der Veen
Keywords: foreign aid framing foreign policy legislative debates

October 1, 2011

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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 programs in the same way. Moreover, the way countries frame that purpose has shaped aid policy choices past and present. Instead, analyzing 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 programs that resulted.

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Table of contents:

  1. The many uses of foreign aid
  2. One policy, multiple goals: framing and foreign aid
  3. Debates about aid: contents and patterns
  4. Aid frames: origins and evolution
  5. The administration of aid policy
  6. The generosity contest: determinants of aid volume
  7. The popularity contest: selecting the recipients of aid
  8. Conclusion: frames and policy
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