American agricultural assistance and the new international economic order

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Combining ethical, political and economic elements, this paper studies the relationship between American food aid and agricultural assistance and the evolution of demands made by developing countries for a new international economic order. The ethical viewpoint is based on John Rawls' theory of 'distributive justice' and argues that the 'Right to Food Resolution' does not meet the developing countries' calls for redistribution. After analysing the political and economic differences in outlook of the developed and developing countries, it is concluded that the conduct of American agricultural assistance policies towards the developing countries has failed to appreciate the needs expressed in their demands for a new order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-746
Number of pages22
JournalWorld Development
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1977


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