Policy Movement and Technical Assistance

  • Adrian Robert BazbauersEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In this chapter, Bazbauers builds a framework for understanding the tension between coercion and consent in international development assistance. It does so first by critiquing the policy transfer and policy mobilities literatures, outlining their understandings of policy movement and relevance to the fields of development and global governance. The chapter then turns to conceptualising and contextualising technical assistance. In reviewing the academic and professional literature on technical assistance, it identifies the main debates and the evolution of those debates since the 1940s. It analyses how the concept of technical assistance has changed over time and how new labels emerged to describe it, including technical cooperation and capacity building. The chapter concludes by positioning World Bank technical assistance within the policy transfer and policy mobilities literatures.


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  1. 1.School of Government and PolicyUniversity of CanberraBruceAustralia

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