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Recasting the ‘New Actors in Development’ Research Agenda

Authors
  • Fejerskov, Adam Moe1
  • Lundsgaarde, Erik1
  • Cold-Ravnkilde, Signe1
  • 1 Danish Institute for International Studies, Østbanegade 117, Copenhagen, Denmark , Copenhagen (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The European Journal of Development Research
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication Date
Jan 04, 2017
Volume
29
Issue
5
Pages
1070–1085
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1057/s41287-016-0072-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The rising prominence of new state and non-state actors in development cooperation has stimulated extensive discussion over the last decade. This article reviews and critically reflects on the present and future directions of this body of scholarship. It questions the homogeneity of actor constellations, relationships and ideas as they are currently conceptualised. The article argues for the importance of adopting more analytically and conceptually diverse approaches to study the interaction between heterogeneous development actors and homogenising forces, recognising the complexity and (dis)continuities of stability and change in the field of development cooperation.

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