Economic Development Aid and International Political Stability

  • Inis L. ClaudeJr.


In the introduction to the present volume, Robert W. Cox indicates the importance of international organisation for economic development. Elaborating this indication, he observes that ‘the occurrence of a breakdown or of recurrent instability in the domestic political life of any country is likely to create disturbances in international relations with possibly dangerous consequences for world peace’.2 The essence of the proposition is that there is a close relationship between national and international political stability. The implication is that international economic action may, by facilitating national economic development, promote national political stability, and thereby enhance the prospects for peace in international political relations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the putative nexus between international programmes designed to promote economic development within national states and the stability of the international system. Does international assistance in economic development tend to promote world peace? If so, how may it conduce to that result?


International System Political Stability International Peace Recurrent Instability External Consumption 


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