Human Rights and the Strategic Use of US Foreign Food Aid Page: I
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Fariss, Christopher J., Human Rights and the Strategic Use of US Foreign Food
Aid. Master of Science (Political Science), December 2007, 83 pp., 6 tables, 2 figures,
references, 106 titles.
How does respect for human rights affect the disbursement of food aid by US
foreign policymakers? Scholars analyzing foreign aid generally look at only total
economic aid, military aid or a combination of both. However, for a more nuanced
understanding of human rights as a determinant of foreign aid, the discrete foreign aid
programs must be examined. By disentangling component-programs from total aid,
this analysis demonstrates how human rights influence policymakers by allowing them
to distribute food aid to human rights abusing countries. Consequently, policymakers
can promote strategic objectives with food aid, while legally restricted from distributing
other aid. The primary theoretical argument, which links increasing human rights abuse
with increasing food aid, is supported by results from a Heckman model. This
procedure models the two-stage decision-making process where foreign policymakers
first, select countries for aid and then, distribute aid to those selected.
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Fariss, Christopher J. Human Rights and the Strategic Use of US Foreign Food Aid, thesis, December 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5184/m1/2/: accessed November 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .