Sveriges och Europeiska Unionens biståndspolitik : En jämförande idéanalys ur ett postkolonialt perspektiv

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för statsvetenskap (ST)

Sammanfattning: The main aim of this study is to examine the development policies of Sweden and the European Union from a postcolonial perspective. Sweden and the European Union are increasingly coming to be viewed as normative powers rather than military powers. So how does the colonial past of the western societies affect the policies of today? Are there any signs of the power structures of the past, and if so, how are these power structures manifested in the development policies of today? Since both Sweden and the European Union have come to be viewed as normative powers they are compared with each other to highlight their similarities and differences. The results of the study shows that both Sweden and the European Union can be seen as carriers of western values and interests. These values and interests are manifested in their development policies. The analysis also shows that a lot of the colonial power structures exist today though often in other shapes or forms. A postcolonial take on development policy enables us to critically examine the underlying intentions of both actors. Further more it enables us to identify and examine power structures in effect in the international politics.

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