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Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics
A twentieth-century innovation, foreign aid has become a familiar and even expected element in international relations. But scholars and government officials continue to debate why countries provide it: some claim it is primarily a tool of diplomacy, others argue that it is largely intended to support development in poor countries, and still others point out myriad other uses. The author effectively puts this dispute to rest by providing the most comprehensive answer yet to the question of why governments give foreign aid. She argues that because of domestic politics in aid-giving countries, it has always been—and will continue to be—used to achieve a mixture of different goals.