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  • Main Title Human Rights and the Strategic Use of US Foreign Food Aid


  • Author: Fariss, Christopher J.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Meernik, James
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Co-Major Professor
  • Chair: Poe, Steven
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Co-Major Professor
  • Committee Member: King, Kimi L.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Mason, T. David
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2007-12
  • Digitized: 2008-01-16


  • English


  • Content Description: 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.


  • Keyword: Foreign aid
  • Keyword: food aid
  • Keyword: human rights
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Human rights.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Food relief, American -- Government policy.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Fariss, Christopher J.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 227163649
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc5184


  • Degree Name: Master of Science
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Political Science
  • Academic Department: Department of Political Science
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas