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dc.contributor.authorFialho, Djalitaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-15T14:21:52Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-15T14:21:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/48354-
dc.description.abstractWhy have 94% of LDCs not escaped poverty during the last four decades? This paper analyses the motivation behind the UN decision to establish the LDC category in 1971. The reviewed literature highlights the conflicting interests of the actors involved. It provides a historical account of the creation of the category and an international political economy analysis of that process. Based on this literature, I argue that the initial LDC identification process - which set a precedent for future LDC categorizations - was manipulated in order to generate a reduced list of small and economically and politically insignificant countries. Contrary to the LDC official narrative, this list served the interests of both donors (by undermining the UN's implicit effort to normalize international assistance) and other non-LDC developing countries (disturbed by the creation of a positive discrimination within the group, favoring the most disadvantaged among them). As a result of this manipulation, considerably less development-promoting efforts have been demanded from donors, which has, in turn, not significantly distressed the interests of other non-LDC developing countries.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherZBW - Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft Kiel und Hamburgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesProceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 27en_US
dc.subject.jelN20en_US
dc.subject.jelO19en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordLDCsen_US
dc.subject.keywordaiden_US
dc.subject.keywordtradeen_US
dc.subject.keywordpreferential treatmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordgraduationen_US
dc.titleAiming high, falling short: the Least Developed Country (LDC) category at 40en_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn665324685-
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:gdec11:27-
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