Global Justice and Aid Effectiveness: Reforms of the European Union’s Development Policy
30 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 1, 2019
In this paper, I recast the story of the like-minded’s intermediate resistance and subsequent acceptance of the EU’s aid effectiveness reforms from one of competing interests and identities to one of contestation over the normative principles that should guide aid effectiveness reforms. I draw on the GLOBUS conception of justice as impartiality to conceptualise central elements of the EU’s development policy, and further on the concepts of justice as mutual recognition and justice as non-domination to understand the like-minded’s resistance to the EU’s approach. The paper further highlights the usefulness of applying a global justice perspective when studying the EU’s development policy, as it facilitates a move beyond so-called ‘idealist motivations’ for aid and creates analytical standards that nuance our understanding of the competing normative claims that donors make in their aid policies.
Keywords: Aid effectiveness, donor coordination, EU development policy, global justice, norm contestation, ownership
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