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Why Foreign Aid? Setting the Stage

Why Foreign Aid? Setting the Stage

Chapter:
(p.1) Chapter 1 Why Foreign Aid? Setting the Stage
Source:
Foreign Aid
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470627.003.0001

This chapter begins by addressing the question of why states provide aid to people in other countries. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to offer an analysis of aid's evolving purposes and provide five case studies of aid-giving in major donor countries: the United States, Japan, France, Germany, and Denmark. Each of these case studies addresses two basic questions. First, what was the profile of aid's purposes in each country and how did it evolve over time? Second, why did governments choose the particular mix of purposes they did? This is followed by discussions of the argument and findings of the book; the theoretical model used for the analysis; and four categories of domestic political forces shaping foreign aid.

Keywords:   states, development aid, United States, Japan, France, Germany, Denmark, donor countries

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