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New Donors on the Postcolonial Crossroads
Eastern Europe and Western Aid

ISBN 9781138391895
Published July 12, 2019 by Routledge
210 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Eastern European countries were said to be playing catch up with the West, and in the field of development cooperation, they were classified as 'new donors.' This book aims to problematize this distinction between old and new development donors, applying an East–West dimension to global Orientalism discourse.

The book uses a novel double postcolonial perspective, examining North–South relations and East–West relations simultaneously, and problematizing these distinctions. In particular, the book deploys an empirical analysis of a 'new' Eastern European donor (Slovakia), compared with an 'old' donor (Austria), in order to explore questions around hierarchization, depoliticization and the legitimization of development.

This book's innovative approach to the East–West dimension of global Orientalism will be of interest to researchers in postcolonial studies, Eastern European studies, and critical development studies.

Table of Contents


List of Acronyms

  1. Introduction: On the Postcolonial Crossroads

  2. Slovakia and Austria as Development Donors

  3. Hierarchization of "Us" over "Them" and Its Disruptions

  4. (De)Politicization of Unequal Power Relations in Development Discourse

  5. (De)Legitimization of Development

  6. Conclusion


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Tomáš Profant is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, Czechia, and a lecturer at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.