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The Samaritan's Dilemma: The Political Economy of Development Aid Paperback – November 3, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0199278855 ISBN-10: 0199278857 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199278857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199278855
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an increasing portion of the development community now recognizes, sending oodles of money to poor countries does not make them rich and may even make them poorer. This important book explains why. The authors' discussion is clear, straightforward, and easy to understand Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

About the Author

Clark Gibson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies program at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently a member of the American Political Science Association Executive Committee. He has held positions at Indiana University and acted as a consultant for the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Carter Center. Krister Andersson has worked with development aid issues since 1991. He has served as an international civil servant and consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Bank and non-governmental organizations in Bolivia, Costa Rica and Sweden. He served as a technical advisor on environmental conflicts in Ecuador's Ministry of the Environment in 1997-1998. A postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC) at Indiana University, he studies the politics of international development and environmental governance in non-industrial societies. Elinor Ostrom is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, and the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Sujai Shivakumar received his doctorate in Economics from George Mason University, specializing in Constitutional Political Economy, and later pursued post-doctoral research in the political economy of development at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. He is currently an official with the US National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SuzieeQQ on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Clearly written, interesting description of real world issues involving how to best deliver aid to developing nations... and, most rarely of all: suggestions on how to improve aid delivery. Usually authors do the easy work---criticizing and pointing out poor outcomes. Although it is important to study poor outcomes it always seems to me this is the easy half of the analysis. Suggestions for improvements are rarely included in such analyses, but they are included here which makes this such a unique, helpful resource.

Based on data/research from the real world yet analyzed by academics who obviously do not stay in ivory towers. The authors identify poor outcomes as a means to an end---the end being alternative actions to avoid poor outcomes. A valuable resource---insight and application. Superb! Wish there were more authors who viewed their role as informed advisors rather than op-ed writers, decrying poor outcomes, yet offering no positive interventions/alternatives.
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