‘Does it work?’ – work for whom? Britain and political conditionality since the Cold War

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‘Does it work?’ – work for whom? Britain and political conditionality since the Cold War. / Fisher, Jonathan.

In: World Development, Vol. 75, 11.2015, p. 13–25.

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abstract = "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 {\textquoteleft}expressive{\textquoteright} reasons – to signal their putative commitment to delivering {\textquoteleft}value for money{\textquoteright} 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 {\textquoteleft}success{\textquoteright}?",
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