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Foreign Aid and Emerging Powers

Asian Perspectives on Official Development Assistance, 1st Edition

By Iain Watson


268 pages

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Current debates on emerging powers as foreign aid donors often fail to examine the myriad geopolitical, geoeconomic and geocultural tensions that influence policies of Official Development Assistance (ODA).

This book advocates a regional geopolitical approach to explaining donor-donor relationships and provides a multidisciplinary critical assessment of the contemporary debates on emerging powers and foreign aid, bringing together economic and geopolitical approaches in the light of the 2015 completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Moving away from established debates assessing the advantages and disadvantages of foreign aid, this book challenges the current geopolitical assumptions of the emerging powers concerning issues such as 'south-south' solidarity, shared development experience and 'multipolarity'. It analyses how donor governments 'sell' aid to recipients through enabling different cultural assumptions and soft power narratives of national identity and provides empirical evidence on agendas such as aid effectiveness, aid for trade, public-private partnerships, and green growth aid. The book examines the role of, and relationships between, the leading traditional and emerging power Asian donors specifically, and explores the different and contested perspectives and patterns of ODA policy through an alternative account of emerging power foreign aid to leading African and Asian recipients.

This book provides a valuable resource for postgraduate students and practitioners across disciplines such as development economics and geopolitics of development, uniquely approaching the debate from the perspective of emerging powers and donors.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Contemporary Foreign Aid Debate: Emerging Powers 2. International Relations Perspectives: Emerging Powers and the Contemporary Geopolitics of Asia 3. Geopolitics and Asian Donors: China, Japan and South Korea in Africa 4. Asian ODA: Assessing Emerging Donors in the Asian Region 5. Emerging Powers, Asian Foreign Aid and the Greening of Geopolitics 6. From Aid Effectiveness to Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs): New Agendas in Asian ODA Conclusion

About the Author

Iain Watson is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Development and Cooperation, Graduate School of International Studies, Ajou University, South Korea. He was visiting fellow at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford University, UK, from January to March 2013.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

The series features innovative and original research at the regional and global scale. Its scope extends to scholarly works that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from junior authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy