Why is EU funding concentrated on poorer and less democratic member states and conditional on certain reforms?

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The leaders of rich countries want to help the peoples of receiving countries, by aiding their development and democratisation.
73% (27 votes)
To encourage the leaders of poor countries to do what the leaders of rich countries want them to do.
27% (10 votes)
Total votes: 37
Learning objectives: 
Introduction to the EU budget.
Understanding the principles of concentration and conditionality of EU cohesion funding.
Understanding the concept of pork-barrel projects.
Understanding the use of pork-barrel politics to buy votes for general-interest legislation, with examples from the US and the EU.
Introduction to selectorate theory.
Understanding the differences between democracy and autocracy and the results they produce in terms of public policy.
Understanding the application of selectorate theory to foreign aid.
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