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USAID in Bolivia: Partner or Patrón?

Lawrence C. Heilman
USAID in Bolivia: Partner or Patrón?
ISBN: 978-1-62637-436-2
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-694-6
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2017/346 pages/LC: 2016013611
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"A fascinating insider's account.... Heilman provides frank insights into the US government's attempt to create development through its aid program."—Erick Langer, Georgetown University   

DESCRIPTION

After Bolivia had received more than $4.7 billion from the US government to support 70 years of development efforts, why would Evo Morales abruptly expel USAID from the country in May 2013? The answer, alleges Lawrence Heilman, is rooted in a complex slice of history beginning with US assistance to Bolivia during World War II.

Heilman explores that history from the perspectives of both the US and Bolivia, presenting a tapestry of mutual benefits and conflicting interests. He appraises the ideas and personalities that determined US foreign aid policies/programs across successive administrations ranging from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama; the political and economic context that shaped Bolivia's development aspirations; and the goals/strategies of the AID mission in Bolivia that guided its decisions about specific projects. The result is an in-depth picture of USAID in one country, but also important insights into US aid policy overall.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lawrence C. Heilman is research associate in the Anthropology Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He served twenty years with USAID as a senior foreign service officer.

CONTENTS

  • The Bolivian Context.
  • Forging a Development Relationship: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945.
  • A Development Mission to Fight Communism: Harry S. Truman, 1945-1952.
  • Revolution Dictates the Development Path: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961.
  • The Alliance for Progress: John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, 1961-1969.
  • New Directions for Reaching the Rural Poor: Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, 1969-1977.
  • In Pursuit of Basic Needs and Human Rights: James E. Carter Jr., 1977-1981.
  • Out of Chaos a New Development Path Emerges: Ronald W. Reagan, 1981-1989.
  • The War on Drugs with a Development Agenda: George H. W. Bush, 1989-1993.
  • USAID's Development Surge: William J. Clinton, 1993-2001.
  • A Commitment to Empowering All Bolivians: George W. Bush, 2001-2009.
  • Ending USAID's Development Drama: Barack H. Obama, 2009-2013.
  • Past is Present.
  • Appendixes.