Domestic political determinants of foreign aid instruments: a model kit

Domestic political determinants of foreign aid instruments:
a model kit

Bartenev V.I.,

Cand. Sci. (Hist.), Associate Professor, Department of International Organizations and World Political Processes, Director of Center for Security and Development Studies, School of World Politics, Lomonosov Moscow State University,

elibrary_id: 627475 | ORCID: 0000-0001-9804-0630 | RESEARCHER_ID: O-1421-2016

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2014.05.11

For citation:

Bartenev V.I. Domestic political determinants of foreign aid instruments: a model kit. – Polis. Political Studies. 2014. No. 5. P. 153-166. (In Russ.).


The scholarly interest in phenomenon of foreign aid has remained strong for almost seven decades. The best representatives of social sciences in the West keep providing increasingly more exquisite interpretations of international development cooperation policies. This paper summarizes their conclusions on the impact of domestic socio-political factors within the OECD DAC member countries which have been overshadowed by their foreign economic and political interests in developing countries. In accordance with Carol Lancaster’s typology, these determinants are divided into four sub-categories: 1) “ideas” – system of shared values; 2) “institutions” – particularities of political system and electoral processes; 3) “organization” – model of aid management, and 4) “interests” – role of interest groups and public opinion. The paper unveils and explains the main inconsistencies in extant explicative models and identifies some promising directions for future research, including identification of linkages between political and economic as well as between domestic and external determinants of foreign aid.

foreign aid; international development cooperation; aid donors; aid allocation; aid effort partisan politics; political parties; interest groups; public opinion.

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