International development aid and the politics of scale

Hameiri, Shahar and Scarpello, Fabio (2018) International development aid and the politics of scale. Review of International Political Economy, 25 (2). pp. 145-168. ISSN 0969-2290

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Much international development assistance has been delivered in the form of statebuilding interventions over the past 20 years, especially in post-conflict or fragile states. The apparent failure of many international statebuilding interventions has prompted a ‘political economy’ turn in development studies. This article critically assesses the key approaches that have emerged to address the interrelations between interveners and recipients, and advances an approach that places the politics of scale at the core of the conflicts shaping the outcomes of international intervention. Different scales privilege different interests, unevenly allocating power, resources and political opportunity structures. Interveners and recipients thus pursue scalar strategies and establish socio-political alliances that reinforce their power and marginalise rivals. This approach is harnessed towards examining the uneven results of the Aceh Government Transformation Programme, financed by the World Bank-managed Multi Donor Trust Fund following the 2005 peace agreement and implemented by the UNDP and the Aceh provincial government.

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Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 15:13
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