The core of Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails, is an analysis of the efficacy of a variety of state-led humanitarian efforts, including domestic and foreign aid projects. Through an examination of short-term disaster relief both at home and abroad, we find that numerous inefficiencies are likely to lead to a persistent misallocation of resources. This analysis provides an opportunity to examine the implications of long-term domestic aid in which the U.S. government has made continuous efforts to improve the economic conditions of various groups and regions within the U.S. This paper applies the framework from Doing Bad by Doing Good to the case of regional development planning in the U.S., explores some of the problems such efforts encounter, and discusses the implications of regional planning.
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