‘I’d be proud to spend the sacred foreign aid budget on our poor pensioners’: Representations of macro aid resourcing in the Irish, UK and US print-media during the economic crisis, 2008–2011

Cawley, Anthony (2015) ‘I’d be proud to spend the sacred foreign aid budget on our poor pensioners’: Representations of macro aid resourcing in the Irish, UK and US print-media during the economic crisis, 2008–2011. International Communication Gazette, 77 (6). pp. 533-556.

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Abstract

The news-media has been identified as an influence on donor nations’ overseas aid allocations, acting as a site where decisions are justified to ‘domestic constituencies’ and through which resistance is mobilised. Mediated pressures on aid allocations amplified between 2008 and 2011 in three donor countries experiencing domestic economic difficulties: Ireland, the UK and the US. This study suggests that each country’s print-media positioned the macro resourcing of aid primarily as an inward concern, neglected recipient country needs, and made weak connections to international policy frameworks to benchmark, contextualise and rationalise aid allocations. The research suggests that the explanatory limitations of the countries’ news-models in communicating the processes and rationales underpinning macro aid resourcing may be a factor in sustaining a knowledge and legitimacy deficit among domestic publics for international aid agreements.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal International Communication Gazette DOI: 10.1177/1748048515597872 http://gaz.sagepub.com/content/77/6/533.full.pdf+html
Keywords: Economic crisis, news-discourse, news-models, overseas aid
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Media and Communication
Depositing User: Sue Creaney
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 19:31
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 11:35
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/804

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