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Constraints on Aid Conditionality: The case of the European Commission and the Palestinian Authority

Journal of Global Analysis. 2012;3(2):9-28


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Journal Title: Journal of Global Analysis

ISSN: 2041-1944 (Print)

Publisher: Centre for Strategic Research & Analysis

LCC Subject Category: Political science | Social Sciences

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Guy Burton (The University of Kurdistan-Hewler)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Donors tend to be perceived as more powerful actors than the recipients in relation to foreign aid. However, this article presents a contrary example through the donor-recipient relationship between the European Commission (EC) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) during 2006-07. Drawing on previous scholarship and the EC-PA case, the article notes the roles played by recipients, third parties and donors in limiting conditionality. In addition to these actor-oriented explanations, the article draws attention to the constraining effect that structure (in the form of constant and changing local political contexts and actor preferences) can play to limit aid conditionality. The article concludes with an observation on the continuing relevance of conditionality in general and a recommendation for further research on the role of structure in limiting conditions in relation to aid.