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Title: Aid for Trade Charade
Authors: Langan, Mark C. E.
Scott, J.
First Published: 6-Jun-2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Cooperation and Conflict, 2014, 49(2), pp. 143-161
Abstract: Aid for Trade (AfT) has gained prominence as an innovative form of donor support in the ‘post’-Washington Consensus. AfT mechanisms have been praised as a means of aligning trade liberalisation deals (whether in the Doha Round or within bilaterals) to poverty reduction objectives. This article, through critical analysis of AfT discourse within the ‘moral economies’ of multilateral World Trade Organization and bilateral European Union–African, Caribbean and Pacific negotiations, points to the strategic purposes of donor language in rationalising asymmetric North–South trade systems. Moreover, it questions the ‘development’ credentials of AfT assistance by examining some of the ensuing private sector activities and the impact on the supposed beneficiaries, and the tying of AfT disbursements to the implementation of inappropriate policies.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0010836713482880
ISSN: 0010-8367
eISSN: 1460-3691
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2013. Licensee: SAGE. Reprints and permissions: Deposited on acceptance with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Politics and International Relations

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