The World Bank

From Reconstruction to Development to Equity

By Katherine Marshall

© 2007 – Routledge

192 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The World Bank is one of the most important and least understood major international institutions. This book provides a concise, accessible and comprehensive overview of the World Bank's history, development, structure, functionality and activities.

These themes are illustrated with a wide variety of case studies drawn from the Bank's international activities. Also discussed are the controversial challenges that the Bank now faces in the light of the criticism from campaigners and NGOs.

Reviews

'This slim volume is an invaluable aid to students of international law and international relations and anyone interested in the challenges of development for the vast majority of the world's population. It is clear, immensely readable, and infused with a lively appreciation of the World Bank's peculiar quirks and complexities. Often maligned and even more frequently misunderstood, the Bank plays a critical role both in global governance and global development policy. Katherine Marshall is an able and authoritative guide to its many rules and roles.' - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University, USA

'This book combines a thorough overview of where the Bank comes from, how it works, its challenges, and its mission and vision. Written by someone who knows the Bank deeply and intimately, it is honest, informative and insightful. It offers both an interpretation of this complex institution and a map of where its future lies.'- Managing Director of the World Bank Group, and Former Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria

'For all its recent trials and tribulations, the World Bank remains one of the few agents capable of representing the 'general welfare' of the world. Katherine Marshall sets out neither to praise the Bank nor to bury it, but to provide an accessible guide to how it works – in theory and on the ground. Her book succeeds admirably. For the uninitiated it is the best guide available; and even Bank champions and Bank bashers will – or should – learn enough to make their arguments more nuanced.' - Robert Wade, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK

'Katherine Marshall’s book is a timely and important contribution to the debate on globalization and global governance. Written in an accessible and engaging style, Katherine’s book makes the World Bank and its staff come alive, and humanizes an organization that is often caricatured and imperfectly understood. Students of international relations and scholars of global governance will be well advised to read and use this useful volume as they discuss an institution that remains central to the future of our planet.' - James D. Wolfensohn, Former President of the World Bank Group

"Recommended. Public, academic, lower-division undergraduate and up; and professional library collections." - CHOICE, October 2008 Vol. 46 No. 02

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. "In the Catbird’s Seat" - The World Bank and International Development 2. How the World Bank has Evolved in Response to External Events 3. Nuts and Bolts: How the World Bank Functions 4. Development Partnerships and the World Bank Family 5. Getting Specific: Cases and Controversies 6. The World Bank and its Critics 7. Emerging Issues and Future Directions Conclusion Appendix 1: An ABC for Understanding and Working with the World Bank Notes Select Bibliography

About the Author

Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Visiting Professor in the Department of Government. She worked for 35 years at the World Bank in a wide range of positions and regions.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General