Banking on Knowledge is one of the first studies of how the World Bank is reinventing itself as the 'Knowledge Bank'. The book addresses how international organizations and governments are developing partnerships with think tanks, research institutes and other knowledge institutions in the hope of informing and improving policies for reform and development around the world.
The book focuses on the recently established Global Development Network (GDN). The GDN is a new and ambitious initiative, sponsored by the World Bank, which is possibly the largest worldwide non-governmental enterprise aimed at producing knowledge as a public good on a global scale. Timely, original and provocative, this book is essential reading for students, researchers, policy makers and professionals with an interest in the future of the World Bank, the strategies of think tanks and the changing nature of development.
Part 1: The GND and Knowledge for Development 1. The Genesis of the GND 2. Scan Globally, Reinvent Locally: Knowledge infrastructure and the localization of Kkowledge 3. The Instrumentalization of Development Knowledge Part 2: Civil Society Engagement 4. Think Tanks in Independent Belarus: Catalysts for social transformations 5. New Partnerships in Research: Activists and think tanks: An illustration from the NCAER in New Delhi 6. Building Productive Partnerships for the Promotion of Reforms: The APOYO Institute in Peru Part 3: Reform and Reconstruction 7. The Challenges of Intervention for a Cambodian Think Tank 8. Post-Communist Think Tanks: Making and Faking Influence9. Influencing Government Policy Making Part 4: Knowledge Across Borders 10. Southeast Asian Research Institutes and Regional Economic Cooperation 11. Globalization, Think Tanks, and Policy Transfer 12. Think Tanks and the Ecology of Policy Inquiry 13. Conclusion: Knowledge, power and policy
The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).
Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (www.warwick.ac.uk/csgr), the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.
Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK
Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK
Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Malaysia
Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany