From ‘International’ to ‘Global’ Development in the UK? Recent Evidence from Political Party Manifestos

Global Development Institute Working Paper Series 2018-025, ISBN: 978-1-909336-60-5

30 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2018

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David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Eleni Sifaki

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

This paper explores whether UK political parties have moved from an understanding of development cooperation as international development/foreign aid, towards a more ‘global developmental’ approach. Its analytical framework is based on the components of the Commitment to Development Index (CDI), with an additional theme of ‘addressing global inequalities’. The empirical sections examine the election manifestos of the UK’s major political parties since 1997 to see if there is any evidence that they are beginning to recognise that development cooperation is about much more than foreign aid and that it will entail cross-sectoral, ‘joined up’ policy analysis and action. In the conclusion the different speeds at which parties are moving are compared and an initial attempt is made at explaining these differences.

Keywords: global development; international development; party manifestos; beyond aid

Suggested Citation

Hulme, David and Sifaki, Eleni, From ‘International’ to ‘Global’ Development in the UK? Recent Evidence from Political Party Manifestos (March 2018). Global Development Institute Working Paper Series 2018-025, ISBN: 978-1-909336-60-5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3147783

David Hulme (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

Eleni Sifaki

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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