Wednesday, 1 December 1999

From "Debating foreign aid: right versus left"

By Jean-Philippe Thérien (Third World Quarterly, Vol 23, No 3, 2002, p. 450).

[...] the main difference between Right and Left is that the Left is more egalitarian than the Right [...] a range of policies intended to promote greater international equality [...] Because of their high level of generality, these assumptions certainly cannot explain foreign aid in all its particulars. Their great advantage, however, is the ability to illuminate the forest rather than the trees. More specifically, the proposed assumptions make it possible to discern a simple yet constant dynamic: the Left is more favourable than the Right to development assistance.

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