Faculty Book: Thomas Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss

Humanitarian Business
(Polity, 2013)
With some fifty million people living under duress and threatened by wars and disasters in 2012, the demand for relief worldwide has reached unprecedented levels. Humanitarianism is now a multibillion-dollar enterprise, and aid agencies are obliged to respond to a range of economic forces in order to “stay in business.” The author offers penetrating insights into the complexities and challenges of the contemporary humanitarian marketplace. Today’s political economy places aid agencies side by side with for-profit businesses, including private military and security companies, in a marketplace that also is linked to global trade networks in illicit arms, natural resources, and drugs. While belligerents put a price tag on access to victims, aid agencies pursue branding in a competition for “scarce” resources relative to the staggering needs. Thomas G. Weiss is presidential professor of political science at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: NOV 26, 2013

Category: Faculty Books | Political Science