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By Olav Stokke

ISBN-10: 0714646407

ISBN-13: 9780714646404

International reduction has more and more develop into topic to political conditionality. within the Eighties a few associations made reduction based upon the recipient nations' fiscal coverage reforms. marketplace liberalisation was once the first tool and target. within the Nineteen Nineties such conditionality used to be introduced one step additional; relief used to be now associated with political reforms, affecting recipient nations' governing platforms, requiring democracy, human rights and 'good governance'. This quantity appears to be like at those advancements and considers the conditionality guidelines of a number of eu reduction donors. Such regulations also are thought of from recipient views, either from the 3rd global and Russia, and the problem can also be thought of from a historic point of view.

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In his address to the 1973 annual meeting of the World Bank in Nairobi, Robert McNamara, then President of the Bank, identified the poorest 40 per cent of the population as the target group. A revival of this concern, after the preoccupation with macro-economic structural adjustments in the 1980s, is reflected in the focus on human development in the 1990s, 16 C O R E I S S U E S A N D S T A T E OF TH E A R T driven by the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP, 1990, 1991, 7992]. 10 The policy context obtaining in the individual countries is crucial for the success of aid with a poverty alleviation objective or, more generally, for the attainment of social justice objectives.

14 As argued by Leftwich [1994:373], sustained economic 14. For a comprehensive analysis, see Martin Doornbos [1990]. He observes that the expectations which, in the 1960s, were held, vvithin both liberal and Marxist paradigms, to the developmental role of the State proved ill-founded, both vis-ä-vis the 20 C O R E I S S U E S A N D S T A T E OF TH E A R T growth in late developers is the product of patterns of politics which tend to concentrate in the State both the political vvill and the bureaucratic competence to establish a developmental momentum in a competitively hostile international environment.

Levels o f Conditionality It makes sense to distinguish betvveen various levels of conditionality (the degree of intervention). One reason is the assumption that an in­ tervention at a high level is more serious than interventions at lovver levels; hovvever, although the degree of an intervention matters, no 13 AI D A N D P OL I T I C A L C O N D I T I O N A L I T Y linear relation applies since also other factors influence the degree of legitimacy or illegitimacy of an intervention. Six levels of condi­ tionality may be distinguished: (1) The highest degree of political intervention applies to the systemic level, involving the system of govemment and goveming institutions.

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