Ends Changed, Means Retained: Scholarship programs, political influence, and drifting goals

Iain Wilson

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Abstract

Many governments offer scholarships specifically to foreign citizens. In recent years both policymakers and academics have associated these scholarships with political influence, arguing that they generate sympathetic and influential alumni who support positive relationships between their home country and their sponsor. Digging deeper into the histories of several scholarship programs which are now being portrayed in this way shows they were actually set up for very different reasons. Explanations for why scholarships are being given to foreign citizens have changed over time, consistent with a Kingdonian model of the policy process. We need to be cautious about taking these claims at face value, an important reminder for foreign policy analysts more generally.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Early online date26 Mar 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2013

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