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Foreign aid and the primacy of coalition politics

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  • Foreign aid and the primacy of coalition politics
  • Peters, Anne Mariel
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Title Foreign aid and the primacy of coalition politics
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Peters, Anne Mariel

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[Washington, D.C.]:Center for Global Development

Date 2009-02
Pages 38
Subject Country Egypt(Africa)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Jordan(Middle East)
Language English
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Subject Official Aid < Public Administration
Holding Center for Global Development

Abstract

The very different institutional contributions of large-scale American aid to Egypt, Jordan, South Korea, and Taiwan are best explained by different authoritarian coalitions in each aid recipient. Rulers in Egypt and Jordan have based their rule on highly disparate, distributive coalition strategies and have thus incorporated foreign aid into institutions of patronage, while donorfinanced parallel institutions also provide public goods and thereby allow central patronage institutions to remain in place. By contrast, rulers in South Korea and Taiwan relied upon narrow, developmental coalitions and used American financial and technical assistance to create new, more efficient institutions. As a geopolitically-concerned donor, the U.S. was acutely aware of coalition pressures in each recipient and configured aid as such.

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Title: Special relationships, dollars, and development: U.S. foreign aid and state-building in Egypt, Jordan, South Korea, and Taiwan
Chapter Title: Foreign aid and the primacy of coalition politics

Presented to the Center for Global Development
Washington, DC, February 20, 2009