Overseas development aid as spatial fix?: Examining South Korea's Africa policy

Kim, Soyeun and Gray, Kevin (2016) Overseas development aid as spatial fix?: Examining South Korea's Africa policy. Third World Quarterly. ISSN 0143-6597 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This paper examines the extent to which South Korea's developmental aid programme to Africa can be understood as a form of 'aid as imperialism.' We argue against the depiction of a crude determinism between the 'interests of capital' and the international activism of the South Korea state through aid provision. Drawing on Harvey's theory of the new imperialism, we argue that whilst the structural transformations in the South Korean political economy explain Seoul's ODA programme at a general level, it is strongly influenced by geopolitical objectives which often undermine the ability of South Korea to pursue distinctly mercantile aims.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: K Law
Depositing User: Kevin Gray
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 08:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 08:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57054

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