Simone Dietrich, former Niehaus fellow, publishes new book titled States, Markets and Foreign Aid

March 24, 2022

Simone Dietrich, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and a 2011-12 Niehaus Center fellows, had her new book titled States, Markets and Foreign Aid published by the Cambridge University Press in 2021.

The book tackles the question of why some donor governments pursue international development through recipient governments, while others bypass such local authorities. It makes the case that the bureaucratic institutions of donor countries shapes donor-recipient interactions differently despite similar international and recipient country conditions. Donor nations employ institutional constraints that authorize, enable, and justify particular aid delivery tactics while precluding others. Offering quantitative and qualitative analyses of donor decision-making, the book illuminates how donor countries whose institutions are organized around neoliberal principles bypass recipient governments, while donors with more traditional public sector-oriented institutions cooperate and engage recipient authorities on aid delivery.  

States, Markets and Foreign Aid establishes connections between ideological orientations and patterns of donor behavior. It demonstrates how internal beliefs and practices about states and markets inform how donors see and set their objectives for foreign aid and international development itself. These insights carry implications for debates about the effectiveness of international development efforts, donor coordination, the diffusion of international development norms in world politics, as well as the role of bureaucratic organization in foreign policy and multilateralism, more broadly.

Simone Dietrich's book is available for order here.