Transition and foreign aid policies in the Visegrád countries: a path dependant approach

Balázs Szent-Iványi, András Tétényi

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The paper argues that the current emerging international development policies of the Visegrád (V4) countries are heavily influenced by the certain aspects of the Communist past and the transition process. Due to these influences, the V4 countries have difficulties in adapting the foreign aid practices of Western donors and this leads to the emergence of a unique Central and Eastern European development cooperation model. As an analytical background, the paper builds on the path dependency theory of transition. A certain degree of path dependence is clearly visible in V4 foreign aid policies, and the paper analyses some aspects of this phenomenon: how these new emerging foreign aid donors select their partner countries, how much they spend on aid, how they formulate their aid delivery policies and institutions and what role the non-state actors play. The main conclusions of the paper are that the legacies of the Communist past have a clear influence and the V4 countries still have a long way to go in adapting their aid policies to international requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-587
Number of pages15
JournalTransition Studies Review
Issue number3
Early online date9 Oct 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

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  • emerging aid donors
  • Visegrád countries
  • foreign aid
  • path dependency


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