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Nissanke, Machiko and Shimomura, Yasutami, eds. (2013) Aid as Handmaiden for the Development of Institutions: A New Comparative Perspective. London; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Through comparative studies of aid supported infrastructure projects in East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the book examines how aid could assist development processes by facilitating development of local endogenous institutions, which are both pro-growth and pro-poor. Applying comparative institutional analyses based on the concept of endogenous institutions and institutional changes, and exploring the model of 'development cooperation', the book examines aid effectiveness in a broader context of institution development in the two regions. It offers a new perspective on the institutions-development nexus, alternative to the conventional one with its emphasis of an inevitable institutional convergence to a monolithic universal model. It argues that socially and politically sustainable development involves institutional innovation by developing endogenous institutions, firmly embedded in a local social-political system. The book offers policy lessons from the East Asian experiences with aid-supported infrastructure projects to governments in sub-Saharan Africa, the international aid community, including emerging development partners.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Keywords: aid and development, South-South Cooperation, Asia and Africa, institutions and development, aid for infrastructure
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
ISBN: 9781137023476
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 12:26

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