Since the early 2000s, the policy of “budget support” has become a major form of developmental aid. Like so many other development policies it has not furnished the desired results – while simultaneously producing unintended consequences.

With a particular focus on the Ugandan society, Professor Schlichte argues that the budget support mechanism provides for an international technology of government. The research draws on a project investigating two policy fields – science policy and development aid – to determine the extent to which bureaucratic practices are converging globally. Following Max Weber’s dictum that “domination in everyday-life is administration“, it looks at in how far administrative practices affect the content and the power relations in fields of internationalized rule.

Klaus Schlichte is a Professor at the Universität Bremen, and his research interests are international Political Sociology, wars and armed conflicts and state rule.

Chair is Senior Research Fellow at NUPI Jon Harald Sande Lie.