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The World Bank and Governance

A Decade of Reform and Reaction

Edited by Diane L. Stone, Christopher Wright

© 2007 – Routledge

284 pages

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About the Book

This timely book offers the first critical examination of World Bank policy reforms and initiatives during the past decade.

The World Bank is viewed as one of the most powerful international organizations of our time. The authors critically analyze the influence of the institution’s policy and engagement during the past decade in a variety of issue areas, including human rights, domestic reform, and the environment.

The World Bank and Governance delves into the bowels of the World Bank, exploring its organizational structure, professional culture and bureaucratic procedures, illustrating how these shape its engagement with an increasingly complex, diverse and challenging operational environment. The book includes chapters on two under-researched divisions of the World Bank: the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. Several illuminating country studies are also included, analyzing the World Bank's activities in Argentina, Bolivia, Lebanon, Hungary and Vietnam.

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, development, politics and economics.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Currency of Change: World Bank Lending and Learning in the Wolfensohn Era Part 1: Policy Change Inside ‘the Black Box’ 2. Development Ethics and Human Rights as the Basis for Poverty Reduction: The Case of the World Bank 3. The Art of Fine Balances: The Challenge of Institutionalizing the Comprehensive Development Framework Inside the World Bank 4. From ‘Safeguards’ to ‘Sustainability’: The Evolution of Environmental Discourse Inside the International Finance Corporation 5. Explaining Change in the World Bank’s Forest Strategy and Operational Policy 6. The World Bank and Pension Reforms 7. Change in International Organizations: Innovation or Adaptation? A Comparison of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Part 2: Confronting the Outside 8. The Poverty of Amnesia: PRSPs in the Legacy of Structural Adjustment 9. Becoming Green: Diffusing Sustainable Development Norms throughout the World Bank Group 10. Partnership and the International Aid Reform: Challenging Citizenship and Political Representation? 11. The World Bank as Conveyor and Broker of Knowledge and Funds in Argentina's Governance Reforms 12. The Missing Link in Development Cooperation Integrative Frameworks: Revelations from Lebanon’s Post-War Experience in Donor-Assisted Administrative Reform 13. Fiscal Decentralization in Transition Economies: The World Bank in a Learning Process

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

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 (, 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.

Associate Editors:

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, Australia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions