284 pages | 7 B/W Illus.
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