1st Edition

The European Union, the World Bank and the Policymaking of Aid Cooperation among Developers

By Eugenia Baroncelli Copyright 2019
    296 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Based on the experience of the author, an IPE scholar and former trade policy consultant at the World Bank (WB), the book offers an in-depth exploration of the EU–WB relations, conceptualized as hybrid delegation.

    Coupling cross-time analyses of their interaction in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa with an original investigation on the coordination among the EU member states at the Executive Board of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development over the ‘voice and participation reform’ of 2008–2010, the book advances an innovative theoretical framework to assess the EU–WB joint institutional and field policy performances. Augmented PA models of delegation, role theory and performance analyses are engaged, and selectively recombined, to investigate the nature, evolution and impact of the interactions of the two organizations, both in their everyday and constituent politics. Hybrid delegation-in-motion is reconstructed, against the background of post-Washington Consensus and post-Lisbon EU, to unveil the changing division of labour between the two largest development multilaterals of the new global context.

    The book will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners in European Politics, Development, International Relations, International Political Economy and Global Economic Governance.

    Chapter 1 – Researching the EU–WB cooperation: inter-organizational relations and the making of multilateral development

    Chapter 2 – Intersecting accountabilities: the beauty of difference and the challenge of coordination

    Chapter 3 – Comprehensive and coherent: change and stasis in the EU and the World Bank’s policies across the turn of the new millennium

    Chapter 4 – The EU's development policy and the EU–World Bank relations: the contribution of role theories

    Chapter 5 – Analyzing performance I: the Eurogroup and its effectiveness at the World Bank’s Board

    Chapter 6 – Analyzing performance II: the EU’s contributed effectiveness to the World Bank’s programs

    Chapter 7 – Europe, Central Asia and the challenge of double transitions

    Chapter 8 – Development, democracy and peace? The EU–World Bank cooperation in the MENA Region

    Chapter 9 – The EU and the World Bank in Sub-Saharan Africa: declining trust, role change and the challenges of coordinating under fragility

    Chapter 10 – Cooperation among developers: hybrid delegation, role change and the accountability–effectiveness trade off revisited


    Eugenia Baroncelli is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna, Department of Political and Social Sciences, where she teaches IPE, IR and Global Development courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Between 2001 and 2006 she has worked at the World Bank as a consultant on trade, tariff and IPR policies for the Research Department – Trade Group, as well as for the MENA, SASIA and Africa regions. In her research she has focused on the international political economy of trade, democracy and security, as well as on the political economy of development. Among other things, she has investigated the peace dividend from SAFTA trade preferences between India and Pakistan, the role of neo-Gramscian IPE applied to development studies, and Susan Strange’s contribution to IPE studies. Her work on the World Bank and on the EU–World Bank relations includes journal articles and chapters in edited books.

    "Eugenia Baroncelli has produced an extremely valuable contribution and a rare insight into the European Union's engagement in multilateral cooperation among developers." - Professor Knud Erik Jørgensen, Aarhus University, Denmark.