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The International Science Programme in Bangladesh: A case of self-interest, interdependence or social empowerment?
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to analyze different forms of North-South development assistance with regard to its widespread critique and to examine whether the field of international research capacity building holds alternative development cooperation strategies that have the potential to reconcile some of the criticisms. The focus is on the International Science Programme (ISP) and the empirical research carried out in Bangladesh and Sweden on the ISP-Bangladesh collaboration in the form of semi-structured interviews constitutes the core case study evidence. Three theoretical perspectives – realism, interdependence liberalism and constructivism – provide the framework of the case study and serve as guiding tools to understand the ISP’s role and motivations as an actor in international relations. The main goal is to investigate whether the ISP can be best perceived as an instance of self-interest, interconnectedness or social empowerment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 86 p.
Keyword [en]
Realism, interdependence liberalism, constructivism, official development assistance, research capacity building, International Science Programme, local ownership, empowerment, partnership
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81854ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--12/01346--SEOAI: diva2:556118
Subject / course
Master's Programme in International and European Relations
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-09-26 Created: 2012-09-24 Last updated: 2012-09-26Bibliographically approved

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