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With the rise of the �knowledge for development� paradigm, expert advice has become a prime instrument of foreign aid. At the same time, it has been object of repeated criticism: the chronic failure of �technical assistance� � a notion under which advice is commonly subsumed � has been documented in a host of studies. Nonetheless, international organisations continue to send advisors, promising to increase the �effectiveness� of expert support if their technocratic recommendations are taken up. This book reveals fundamental problems of expert advice in the context of aid that concern issues of power and legitimacy rather than merely flaws of implementation. Based on empirical evidence from South Africa and Tanzania, the authors show that aid-related advisory processes are inevitably obstructed by colliding interests, political pressures and hierarchical relations that impede knowledge transfer and mutual learning. As a result, recipient governments find themselves caught in a perpetual cycle of dependency, continuously advised by experts who convey the shifting paradigms and agendas of their respective donor governments. For young democracies, the persistent presence of external actors is hazardous: ultimately, it poses a threat to the legitimacy of their governments if their policy-making becomes more responsive to foreign demands than to the preferences and needs of their citizens.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. vi
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Susanne Koch and Peter Weingart
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction. Perpetuating Dependence: Expert Advice As Tool of Foreign Aid
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Knowledge Transfer to Young Democracies: Issues of Legitimacy, Sovereignty and Efficacy
  2. pp. 7-25
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  1. 2. Accessing the World of Development Aid: Study Design and Fieldwork
  2. pp. 26-33
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  1. 3. South Africa and Tanzania: Two Different Types of ‘Donor Darlings’
  2. pp. 34-42
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  1. 4. Multiple Actors, Colliding Interests: The Main Players of the Aid Game
  2. pp. 43-79
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  1. 5. Intricacies of Expert Advice in the Aid Context
  2. pp. 80-136
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  1. 6. Retaining Autonomy of Agenda-Setting in Dealing with Advice: Structural Conditions
  2. pp. 137-177
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  1. 7. The Impact of Expert Advice on Policy-Making in Young Democracies: Sector Studies
  2. pp. 178-338
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  1. 8. There Is No Substitute for Local Knowledge: Summary and Conclusion
  2. pp. 339-346
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  1. References
  2. pp. 347-380
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 381-384
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781928331407
Related ISBN
9781928331391
MARC Record
OCLC
973809631
Pages
396
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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