Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Africa: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Africa: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy

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Recent Books: Africa: Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development Without Democracy EDITED BY TOBIAS HAGMANN AND FILIP REYNTJENS. Zed Books, 2016, 204 pp.

In the early 1990s, a wave of democracy swept the African continent, leading many observers to proclaim enthusiastically that the region was experiencing its "second independence." Many expected that with the end of the Cold War, foreign powers would no longer support authoritarian regimes. Others saw promise in the "democratic conditionality" policies through which international organizations and Western donors tied their aid to political reform. These hopes went largely unrealized; as Hagmann and Reyntjens observe in this well-organized, fascinating collection, foreign aid to authoritarian countries actually increased from 1990 to 2013. …

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