Rev Int Organ https://doi.org/10.1007/s11558-018-9316-5 Sarah Blodgett Bermeo. 2018. Targeted Development: Industrialized Country Strategy in a Globalizing World (New York: Oxford University Press) Simone Dietrich Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Sarah Blodgett Bermeo has written an important book that contributes to our under- standing of the international politics of development. The core idea of Targeted Development is that in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world, where immigration, terrorism, and diseases place significant socio-economic and political pressures on rich countries, promoting international development has become in the self-interest of industrialized states. To deal with pressures associated with underdevel- opment elsewhere, industrialized states target development when and where it suits their interests. What distinguishes targeted development from the idea of Benlightened self-interest^ in international development is that the latter focuses on diffuse benefits from development whereas the former focuses on specific benefits from development in particular countries of value to industrialized states. This is a smart and novel insight. Targeted Development thus emerges as an important, additional framework for understanding the drivers of international development. Instead of thinking of altruism and self-interest as mutually exclu- sive motives, as has been convention in debates in the foreign aid literature
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Published: May 28, 2018
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