Journal of International Development Studies
Online ISSN : 2434-5296
Print ISSN : 1342-3045
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Reinventing “Research on International Development Policies”
Takaaki KOBAYASHI
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2018 Volume 27 Issue 1 Pages 35-49

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2006 was epoch mating year in the history of development studies, because the basic framework for understanding “international development policies”, which was constructed and introduced by Shigeru Ishikawa in the book titled as International Development Policies Research, was brought into existence.

This framework has the potential to helps the researchers and practitioners to see the big picture of the international development policies since it provides us with the clear cutting methodological tools for analyzing the mechanisms of success and failure in conducting aid policies by using the key concepts: an objective development model for an aid recipient country constructed by neutral researchers; a subjective development model for an aid recipient country conceived by the donor county to her; a subjective development model for an aid recipient country conceived by the recipient county herself; an external aid system of a particular donor for recipient countries.

Despite the usefulness of the framework, there are few researches in which this framework was applied to the specific case as an analytical framework. This paper aims at examining the possibility for using the framework as analytical tool for research and practice. To do so, the framework was applied to the aid competition case in Cambodia between a DAC donor country and an emerging donor country.

The findings of the application were as follows; First, when we see the differences of the behaviors among donors, they are reflection of the differences in the aid systems and also the subjective development models among donors. Second, convergence of the subjective development models between the donor country and recipient country is indispensable when a donor would succeed in their aid provision toward a recipient country.

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