Giving development: responsibility and efficiency in the European development discourse towards the ACP countries (1970s-1990s)
Title: Giving development: responsibility and efficiency in the European development discourse towards the ACP countries (1970s-1990s)
Author: KARAGIANNIS, Nathalie
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2002
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
Post-colonial European politics have undergone profound changes. Constructing an intellectual history of European development discourse, this book brings together post-structuralist and critical approaches to understanding development. Nathalie Karagiannis analyses three key terms of European development discourse: ‘responsibility’, ‘efficiency’ and ‘giving’. Situating these terms in a concrete history of European post-colonial politics, the author shows how European policy has shifted from accepting responsibility for colonialism – constructed as it is on the paternalistic model of the gift – to a more amnesiac politics in which post-colonial countries are responsible for their own fate. In this way, Karagiannis illustrates that efficiency has become the overriding goal of development, and that the relationship between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries is mainly defined by considerations pertaining to market capitalism.
LC Subject Heading: Economic development; Developing countries -- Economic conditions; Developing countries -- Social conditions; European Union countries -- Foreign economic relations -- Developing countries; Developing countries -- Foreign economic relations -- European Union countries; Economic assistance, European -- Developing countries; Postcolonialism
Defence date: 10 June 2002; Examining board: Prof. Peter Wagner, Supervisor (EUI) ; Prof. Pascale Laborier, Université de Picardie, Amiens ; Prof. Philip McMichael, Cornell University, Ithaca ; Prof. William Outhwaite, University of Sussex
Published version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/22395
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