Avoiding Responsibility

Avoiding Responsibility : The Politics and Discourse of European Development Policy

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Post-colonial European politics have undergone profound changes. Constructing an intellectual history of European development discourse, this book brings together post-structuralist and critical approaches to understanding development. Nathalie Karagiannis analyses three key terms of European development discourse: 'responsibility', 'efficiency' and 'giving'. Situating these terms in a concrete history of European post-colonial politics, the author shows how European policy has shifted from accepting responsibility for colonialism - constructed as it is on the paternalistic model of the gift - to a more amnesiac politics in which post-colonial countries are responsible for their own fate. In this way, Karagiannis illustrates that efficiency has become the overriding goal of development, and that the relationship between 'developed' and 'developing' countries is mainly defined by considerations pertaining to market capitalism.show more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 18mm | 399.17g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745321909
  • 9780745321905

About Nathalie Karagiannis

Nathalie Karagiannis is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and has taught at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.show more

Table of contents

1. Europe and Development Revisited 2. Out of America 3. The Failed Myth of Development 4. The Vocation of Responsibility 5. The Passion of Efficiency 6. Pandora's Box: Giving Development 7. Europe's Quest References Indexshow more