Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783606283 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa

Development without Democracy

Edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens

Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa

Edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens

Distributed for Zed Books

204 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783606283 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783606290 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only
There is a shocking aspect of Africa’s foreign aid that is almost entirely ignored: since 2013, almost half of Africa’s top aid recipients have been ruled by authoritarian one-party states. Many international donors such as USAID, DFID, the World Bank, and the European Commission have watched their aid policies becoming increasingly entangled with the agendas of governmental elites. The situation prompts an uncomfortable question: to what extent are foreign aid programs now actually perpetuating authoritarian rule in Africa?
Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa sheds much-needed light on the moral dilemmas and political intricacies raised by the poisonous relationship between foreign aid and autocratic rule. Leading experts on the political situations in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Mozambique, and Angola contribute essays that expose the impact of foreign aid on military assistance, rural development, electoral processes, and domestic politics. Offering a controversial yet crucial argument on the perpetuation of authoritarianism in Africa, this book will be an indispensible resource for scholars and activists interested in the relationship between development aid and politics in the contemporary landscape.
Introduction: aid and authoritarianism in sub-Saharan African after 1990
Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens

1.  Discourse of democracy, practices of autocracy: shifting meanings of democracy in the aid-authoritarianism nexus 
Rita Abrahamsen

2. Aid to Rwanda: unstoppable rock, immovable post 
Zoë Marriage

3. Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Uganda
David M. Anderson and Jonathan Fisher

4. Ethiopia and international aid: development between high modernism and exceptional measures
Emanuele Fantini and Luca Puddu

5. Donors and the making of ‘credible’ elections in Cameroon 
Marie-Emmanuelle Pommerolle

6. Foreign aid and political settlements: contrasting the Mozambican and Angolan cases
Helena Pérez Niño and Philippe LE Billon

Conclusion: democracy fatigue and the ghost of modernization theory
Nicholas Van de Walle

About the Contributors
Review Quotes
Peter Uvin, Claremont McKenna College
“A thought-provoking collection on an important phenomenon of African and global politics. Its essays elegantly reveal the intersections between ideologies of progress, power politics, technocracy, and sovereignty.”
Mark Duffield, University of Bristol
“Easily one of the most important books on development published in recent years. It offers a brilliant and informed corrective to the near absence of any research on the important link between Western aid and authoritarianism. A must-read for all those concerned with where the globe’s bankrupt political elites are taking us.”
Michael Bratton, Michigan State University
“This incisive collection sounds a timely warning: If Western aid donors sacrifice democracy and human rights in the quest for economic growth and national security, they become complicit in keeping African autocrats in power.”
Andreas Schedler, author of The Politics of Uncertainty
“A wake-up call to the international democratic community. Its rich, reflexive case studies analyze the broken promises of Western donors who have been supporting authoritarian governments in the name of peace and security. At a time when distrusting democracy has become fashionable again, this book cogently warns against the pitfalls of placing faith in dictatorship.”
Talking Humanities
“A well-focused and argued contribution to a new study of the links between insurgent authoritarianism and Western aid in Africa . . . a very interesting collection.”
Foreign Affairs
“This volume offers comprehensive explanations of donors’ motives in supporting such regimes—and details the consequences of that support.”
Africa at LSE
“This is a wide-ranging volume which examines the intersection between the aid industry and African politics from a variety of perspectives. It should provoke new thinking among both academics and practitioners.”
African Studies Review
“Anyone interested in foreign aid, African politics, authoritarian regimes, or the international dimension of democratization will find it well worth reading.”
Medicine, Conflict and Survival
“[A] timely collection of essays.”
The Conversation
“A valuable addition to the literature on political evolution in Africa and the relationship to aid and donor-based development.”
African Affairs
“The collection is helpful in drawing attention to some general truths concerning the aid relationship; truths that bear restating for each new generation of scholars, policymakers and practitioners.”
Rebecca Tinsley | Independent Catholic News
"[The essays] are enlightening and disturbing."
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