The political economy of aid

Stephen Bates of Birmingham University has reviewed a 2014 Palgrave Macmillan book at JCA. The Political Economy and the Aid Industry in Asia (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2015.1051313) is written by Jane Hutchison, Wil Hout, Caroline Hughes and Richard Robison.

AidIn general terms, Bates rates the book highly. He begins, saying that the:

book is about how particular understandings of political economy have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the unintended outcomes and counter-productive consequences of development efforts and, crucially, what can and should be done instead. It is excellent and, I think, should be read widely by development practitioners and international development scholars alike, as well as by those with a more general interest in developing political strategies that seek to challenge and transform existing sets of power relations.

Bates has questions about structural causality and agency, yet still considers the book a most useful contribution to the literature.

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