HP039 - Between financial dependence and policy autonomy: navigating the external financing of development
Convened by Andrew Martin Fischer (Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands) and Miguel A Rivera Quinones (Department of Political Science, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico)

This panel invites papers that examine the precise mechanisms by which external finance is mobilised and utilised by developing countries governments for development purposes, whether these are focused on industrial policy or other productive activities, infrastructural financing, or else domestic social expenditures. The aim is to explore the underlying tensions between bilateral and multilateral donors on one hand, and developing country governments on the other, regarding policy autonomy versus donor attempts to influence national policy agendas, with the aim to deepen our analysis of the challenges of international redistribution as a crucial element of global solidarity. Exploration of the role of commercial sources of financing to both public and private actors is also welcome.