Global Compassion

Global Compassion : Private Voluntary Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy since 1939

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Global Compassion is an ambitious account of the relationship between private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and the US federal government from 1939-2005. After World War II, humanitarian aid became a key component of US foreign policy and has grown steadily ever since. Organizations like Oxfam, CARE, World Vision, and Catholic Relief Services are known the world over; however, little is known about the relationship between these private agencies and the federal government, and how truly influential these organizations can be in the realm of foreign policy. Here, Rachel McCleary provides the first truly comprehensive study of PVOs and their complex, often-fraught interaction with the federal government. The book focuses on the work of PVOs from a foreign policy perspective, revealing how federal political pressures shape the field of international relief. McCleary draws on a wide array of data-annual reports, State Department documents, and IRS records-to assess to what extent international relief and development work is becoming a commercial activity. She analyzes the often competing goals of the federal government and religious PVOs.
She then exames the continuing trend of decreasing federal funds to PVOs and the simultaneous increasing awards to commercial enterprises, and looks at what this holds for the future. In this thought-provoking and rigorously researched work, Rachel McClearly offers a unique, substantive look at an understudied area of US foreign policy and international development.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous tables and figures
  • 0195371178
  • 9780195371178
  • 1,532,410

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In early 2010, news of the earthquake in Haiti filled the media, and images of the devastation appeared daily on television.... In this context, Rachel McClearys book took on added value as a framework for understanding the process of giving assistance to people in crisis. But the overall power of the book derives from its long view: its depiction of evolving U.S. policies for international aid and the complexities faced by the private voluntary organizations (PVOs)
that often carry out these policies.... A major strength of the book lies in the authors original data and in the extensive tables and figures that make her data readily accessible to the reader....engaging, informative, and worth reading. * Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly *
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About Rachel M. McCleary

Rachel M. McCleary is Director of the Religion, Political Economy, and Society Project at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.
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