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The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the Delivery of Foreign Aid

Haley J. Swedlund


The Development Dance is about how donor countries and recipient governments negotiate the delivery of foreign aid. The book provides a conceptual framework for understanding donor-government relations and a theory for explaining the sustainability of aid delivery mechanisms. Drawing on extensive in-country fieldwork in four sub-Saharan African countries, as well as an original survey of development practitioners in twenty countries, the book points to a fundamental problem in the delivery of aid: the policy compromises reached by donor agencies and recipient governments are rarely politically ... More

Keywords: Aid policy bargaining, Commitment problems, Donor-government relations, Foreign aid, Foreign aid diplomacy, International development, International political economy, Sub-Saharan Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501712876
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501712876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haley J. Swedlund, author
Radboud University