Sarah Stroup


Sarah Stroup (Department of Political Science, Middlebury College) 

Sarah Stroup is an assistant professor of political science and teaches courses focused on the politics of humanitarianism, the international political economy, and non-state actors in world politics. Stroup published her first book, Borders Among Activists (Cornell University Press), in 2012, and is currently working on a second book that explores INGO authority in global politics. In addition, her work has appeared in the Review of International Organizations and the International Studies Review. She received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. 


Who Participates? The evolution of a “global partnership for development”

The global institutional architecture for development assistance was established in the wake of World War II; yet the political and economic landscape upon which these institutions operate today is vastly different. In this paper, we explore how the expanding role of private actors has shaped global development. The expanding role of corporations, civil society actors, philanthropists, and research groups offers great promise, but severe collective action problems plague the new multi-stakeholder system. We illustrate the challenges of private-public partnerships through two case studies of cooperation around two MDGs–the eradication of malaria and the achievement of universal primary education. We argue that robust collaboration is currently the exception rather than the rule and identify several ways to improve coordination and focus the development agenda.. 

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