Recommended resources 2002

28 January 2003

Reinventing the World Bank

Fresh and varied exercise in imagining a new World Bank with contributions from a range of UK and US-based academics and activists.

Edited by Jonathan Pincus and Jeffrey Winters, Cornell University Press, 2002, ISBN: 0-8014-8792-7

Governing Globalization – Issues and Institutions

Collection of scholarly essays on reform of international institutions, including chapters on the Bretton Woods Institutions by Jong-Il You and Joseph Stiglitz.

Edited by Deepak Nayyar, WIDER Studies in Development Economics, Oxford University Press, July 2002, ISBN 0-19-925403-6

The Elusive Quest for Growth

Ex-World Bank economist argues that the problem with development is not the failure of economics but the failure to apply economic principles to policy work.

William Easterly, MIT Press, 2002 (paperback), ISBN 0-262-55042-3

World poverty: New policies to defeat an old enemy

A manifesto for international action to end poverty, including recommendations on reconstituting the international financial institutions.

Edited by Peter Townsend and Dave Gordon, The Policy Press, Sept 2002, ISBN 1 86134 396 5

Civil Society and Global Finance

Brings together twenty activists, officials and researchers from the five continents to discuss reform of the global financial architecture.

Edited by Jan Aart Scholte and Albrecht Schnabel, Routledge 2002, ISBN 0415279364

Reforming the Global Financial Architecture: Issues and Proposals

Topics include standards and regulation, reform of the IMF, exchange rate regimes and crisis management and burden sharing.

Edited by Yilmaz Akyüz, Third World Network/UNCTAD, Zed Books, 2002, ISBN 1 84277 155 8

Some common concerns: Imagining BP‘s Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Pipelines System

Critical and forward-looking analysis of the potential impact of the Bank-backed pipeline project.

Platform, The Cornerhouse, Friends of the Earth International, Campagna per la riforma della Banca Mondiale, CEE Bankwatch, Kurdish Human Rights Project, ISBN 1 900175 49 5

A New Green Order? The World Bank and the Politics of the Global Environment Facility

Explains why Western governments created the GEF to deflect protest against the environmental impacts of World Bank projects leaving it unable to challenge damaging economic policies or powerful interest groups.

Zoe Young, Pluto Press, 2002, ISBN: 0 7453 1548 8

After Neoliberalism: Economic Policies that Work for the Poor

A collection of papers presented at a Washington conference in May 2002 including contributions from Dani Rodrik, Kunibert Raffer and numerous NGOs.

The New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, October 2002

Deepening Democracy in a Fragmented World

UNDP Human Development Report 2002, including proposals for reform of the IFIs.

Do As I Say Not as I Do: A Critique of G7 Proposals on Reforming the MDBs

In-depth paper setting out analysis of current World Bank reform issues, including its governance and its roles as a knowledge bank.

Devesh Kapur, Center for Global Development Working Paper #16, October 2002

The Policy Roots of Economic Crisis and Poverty

Result of a four-year consultation process on four continents, this report of the Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRIN) examining the impacts of structural adjustment programmes was too hot for the Bank to handle.

Citizens’ Guide to the World Commission on Dams

International Rivers Network report provides background on the WCD, a detailed summary of its findings and recommendations, and responses from NGOs, institutions and governments.

Can we discern the effect of globalization on income distribution?

Bank economist Branko Milanovic tears apart the standard views on trade held by his institution.

Economic Development In Africa: From Adjustment to Poverty Reduction: What is New?

The Bank’s pursuit of trade liberalisation has lead to growing wage inequality, a “hollowing-out” of the middle class and widening trade deficits. UNCTAD is alive and kicking.