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Driving Development Effectiveness: Donors’ politics without opposition

Hughes, C. and Hutchison, J. (2010) Driving Development Effectiveness: Donors’ politics without opposition. In: The elephant in the room: politics and the development problem. Asia Research Centre Policy Monograph, pp. 45-68.

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Challenges to the liberal consensus on governance in the developing world have attracted much attention, particularly in recent years under the rubric of concerns about “development effectiveness”. This has promoted new interest amongst international donors in political economy, as evidenced in research agendas increasingly focused on obstacles to change, such as the World Bank’s study of governance reform “under real world conditions”; and those focused on levers of change, such as the British Department for International Development DFID’s “drivers of change” approach. However, political economy insights have proved difficult for donors to operationalise and have yet to feed into substantial new departures in donor practice.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Asia Research Centre Policy Monograph
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