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Aiding Social Protection: the political economy of externally financing social policy in developing countries

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postcode: 3062 PA

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 1˙459˙529 €
 EC max contribution 1˙459˙529 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2020-04-30


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 Project objective

This research proposal explores the political economy of international development assistance (aid) directed towards social expenditures, examined through the lens of a particular financial quandary that has been ignored in the literature despite having important economic and political repercussions. The quandary is that aid cannot be directly spent on expenditures denominated in domestic currency. Instead, aid needs to be first converted into domestic currency whereas the foreign exchange provided is used for other purposes, resulting in a process prone to complex politics regarding domestic monetary policy and spending commitments.

The implications require a serious rethink of many of the accepted premises in the political economy of aid and related literatures. It is urgent to engage in this rethinking given tensions between two dynamics in the current global political economy: a tightening financial cycle facing developing countries versus an increasing emphasis in international development agendas of directing aid towards social expenditures. The financial quandary might exacerbate these tensions, restricting recipient government policy space despite donor commitments of respecting national ownership.

The proposed research examines these implications through the emerging social protection agenda among donors, which serves as an ideal policy case given that social protection expenditures are almost entirely based on domestic currency. This will be researched through a mixed-method comparative case study of six developing countries, combining quantitative analysis of balance of payments and financing constraints with qualitative process tracing based on elite interviews and documentary research. The objective is to re-orient our thinking on these issues for a deeper appreciation of the systemic political and economic challenges facing global redistribution towards poorer countries, particularly with respect to the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Andrew M. Fischer
On the Origins and Legacies of Really Existing Capitalism: In Conversation with Kari Polanyi Levitt
published pages: 542-572, ISSN: 0012-155X, DOI: 10.1111/dech.12480
Development and Change 50/2 2020-04-23
2018 Andrew M. Fischer
Bringing Development Back into Development Studies
published pages: 426-444, ISSN: 0012-155X, DOI: 10.1111/dech.12490
Development and Change 50/2 2020-04-23
2018 Andrew M. Fischer
Debt and development in historical perspective: The external constraints of late industrialisation revisited through South Korea and Brazil
published pages: 1-20, ISSN: 0378-5920, DOI: 10.1111/twec.12625
The World Economy 41(00) 2020-04-23
2018 Charmaine G. Ramos
Beyond Patrimonial Plunder: The Use and Abuse of Coconut Levies in the Philippines
published pages: 1-19, ISSN: 1356-3467, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2018.1472562
New Political Economy 2020-04-23
2016 A. M. Fischer
On the macroeconomics of universalistic social policy and economic and social rights
published pages: 97-104, ISSN: 1468-0181, DOI: 10.1177/1468018115624314b
Global Social Policy 16/1 2020-04-23
2017 Fischer, Andrew M.
Dilemmas of externally financing domestic expenditures: Rethinking the political economy of aid and social protection through the monetary transformation dilemma
published pages: 1-41, ISSN: 0921-0210, DOI:
ISS working paper / AIDSOCPRO working paper 629 / 2 2020-04-23

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