‘Does it work?’ – work for whom? Britain and political conditionality since the Cold War
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Evaluations of the political conditionality (PC) phenomenon have long focused on the question of instrumental efficacy – whether PC promotes policy reform in developing states. Evidence from the UK nevertheless suggests that this emphasis is misplaced and that donor officials increasingly use PC for ‘expressive’ reasons – to signal their putative commitment to delivering ‘value for money’ in a difficult international economic climate. This shift in rationale raises important questions; not least, what do we know about the effects of PC on public perceptions of aid and to what extent, within this dispensation, can contemporary PC be viewed as a ‘success’?
|Early online date||12 Jan 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2015|
- political conditionality, Africa, DFID, donors, domestic politics of aid