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Economic aid to developing countries is an important—and often controversial—part of foreign policy for many Western nations. But how effective is such aid in achieving the objectives of the giver and the recipient? In this important study, Paul Mosley offers a challenging reassessment of the role of economic aid for nations on both sides of the equation.

Mosley examines in detail the foreign aid programs of the leading Western powers with particular regard to the role of aid in international politics, and then examines the effectiveness of aid as a subsidy to exports, as an instrument of development, and as a means of redistributing income and bargaining power to the very poor.

Mosley also incorporates overseas aid into the general economic theory of public expenditure. He examines the various protagonists on the supply side of the market for aid expenditures and in particular those on the demand side. Supporting this analysis of ways in which the aid market adjusts over time are extensive data from the OECD countries for the past thirty years.

With its searching assessment of the effectiveness of foreign aid as an instrument of dogmatic and economic policy, Mosley's new book will be essential reading for all students in the field of international relations.

Paul Mosley, professor of development economics and policy at the University of Manchester, is the author of The Settler Economies and The Making of Economic Policy.

"An excellent, succinct study, perhaps the best book written on foreign aid in recent years."—Foreign Service Journal

"A major contribution to the literature on economic aid."—Choice

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






Foreign aid, Economic assistance, Developing countries



Foreign Aid: Its Defense and Reform
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