Conditionality, the Conspiracy Theory, and International Cooperation

Fatma H. Sayed

in Transforming Education In Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9789774160165
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970276 | DOI:
Conditionality, the Conspiracy Theory, and International Cooperation

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The implementation, internalization, and sustainability of policy reforms are all influenced by the social, cultural, and political context in which they are introduced. In effect, the conditionality of development assistance is a major contextual variable that influences international cooperation in basic education. It contributes to a discourse of mistrust in development assistance and public policies related to it and prevents the achievement of a satisfactory level of “domestic resonance”. Conditionality has a role in international socialization that can be related to the concept of utility maximization accompanied by “rationalist” international relations theorists. Analysis shows that the terms of conditionality were linked to foreign development assistance to basic education in Egypt during the 1990s, and these terms are associated with the conspiracy in public discourse.

Keywords: policy reforms; conditionality; Egypt; development; education; public policies; international cooperation

Chapter.  16401 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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