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Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics

Carol Lancaster


A twentieth-century innovation, foreign aid has become a familiar and even expected element in international relations. But scholars and government officials continue to debate why countries provide it: some claim that it is primarily a tool of diplomacy, some argue that it is largely intended to support development in poor countries, and still others point out its myriad newer uses. This book puts this dispute to rest by providing a comprehensive answer to the question of why governments give foreign aid. The author argues that because of domestic politics in aid-giving countries, it has alwa ... More

Keywords: foreign aid, international relations, diplomacy, development, poor countries, governments, domestic politics, aid-giving countries, interest groups, donor governments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226470436
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Lancaster, author