Global Compassion: Private Voluntary Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939

Hardcover | July 10, 2009

byRachel M. McCleary

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Global Compassion is an ambitious account of the relationship between private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and the US federal government from 1939-2005. After World War II, humanitarian aid became a key component of US foreign policy and has grown steadily ever since. Organizations likeOxfam, CARE, World Vision, and Catholic Relief Services are known the world over; however, little is known about the relationship between these private agencies and the federal government, and how truly influential these organizations can be in the realm of foreign policy. Here, Rachel McClearyprovides the first truly comprehensive study of PVOs and their complex, often-fraught interaction with the federal government. The book focuses on the work of PVOs from a foreign policy perspective, revealing how federal political pressures shape the field of international relief. McCleary draws ona wide array of data--annual reports, State Department documents, and IRS records--to assess to what extent international relief and development work is becoming a commercial activity. She analyzes the often competing goals of the federal government and religious PVOs. She then exames the continuingtrend of decreasing federal funds to PVOs and the simultaneous increasing awards to commercial enterprises, and looks at what this holds for the future. In this thought-provoking and rigorously researched work, Rachel McClearly offers a unique, substantive look at an understudied area of US foreignpolicy and international development.

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Global Compassion is an ambitious account of the relationship between private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and the US federal government from 1939-2005. After World War II, humanitarian aid became a key component of US foreign policy and has grown steadily ever since. Organizations likeOxfam, CARE, World Vision, and Catholic Relief S...

Rachel M. McCleary is Director of the Religion, Political Economy, and Society Project at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:July 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195371178

ISBN - 13:9780195371178

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List of Figures and TablesPreface1. Dispelling Common Perceptions2. World War II: U.S. Federal Government Consolidation and Regulation of Humanitarian Assistance3. The Beginning of the Cold War and the Promotion of Economic Development4. The Internationalization of American Aid5. The Golden Age of PVO-State Relations6. Federal Decentralization and the Militarization of Humanitarian Aid7. The Commercialization of Foreign AidGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex