New Donors on the Postcolonial Crossroads: Eastern Europe and Western Aid, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

New Donors on the Postcolonial Crossroads

Eastern Europe and Western Aid, 1st Edition

By Tomáš Profant


196 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.


"In this important book, Tomáš Profant challenges ideological divisions which have been shaping the post-Cold War development industry. In a compelling manner, this rigorous study addresses socio-political and cultural hierarchization of ‘old’ and ‘new’ European donors, demonstrating that the separation is not simply a function of major differences between Eastern and Western aid providers, but instead a reflection of deep, often discriminatory and orientalising cuts that shape European fabric. A must read not only for those interested specifically in foreign aid politics, but everyone interested in European issues." -- Elzbieta Drazkiewicz, Maynooth University, Ireland

"The author presents a comprehensive analysis in which theoretical and empirical parts are linked in an exemplary manner. It displays lucid, nuanced and sharp observations concerning discursive relations of power in seemingly harmless everyday statements." -- Aram Ziai, University of Kassel, Germany

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


About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

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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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries