It has been four years since we last solicited your opinion on the Bretton Woods Update, and the time has come again. In the wake of the last survey, we introduced a variety of new features to respond to your suggestions and we hope that this round will be equally useful in helping us meet your needs. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. We request you to fill out the questionnaire by 15 October, 2006.
Please use the following link to jump to the survey: Bretton Woods Update Survey
Win free books!
No survey would be complete without incentives for the respondent. Fifteen prize draw winners will win a copy of one of the below new books on development:
The New Development Economics, Ben Fine and Jomo KS eds., Zed books – A clear presentation of current trends in theory and policy within mainstream development economics as well as a thought-provoking critique of the post-Washington Consensus. Much is being made of the World Bank’s apparent retreat from the neoliberal market economics of the Washington Consensus. New concepts and priorities have been taken on board. But how much has really changed? Has the so-called post-Washington Consensus and its ‘New’ Development Economics really parted company with the simplistic nostrums of market economics? This book probes the transition to the new thinking and its key postulates, including the continuing promotion of free trade, new economic growth theory, the development state, privatisation, and the concept of human capital.
The World Bank and Governance, Diane Stone and Chris Wright eds., Routledge – This timely book offers the first critical retrospective of World Bank policy reforms and initiatives during the past decade. The World Bank Group is viewed as one of the most powerful international organisations of our time. The authors critically analyse the influence of World Bank policy and engagement during the past decade in a variety of issue areas, including human rights, domestic reform, and the environment. Several illuminating country studies are also included, analysing the World Bank’s activities in Argentina, Bolivia, Lebanon and Vietnam. The collected authors seek to widen our understanding of the changing role and influence of the World Bank in the age of globalization. Students and scholars of International Relations, Development, Politics and Economics will find this volume to be of strong interest.
The Globalizers: The IMF, The World Bank and Their Borrowers, Ngaire Woods, Cornell University Press – Would the world be better off with or without the International Monetary Fund and World Bank? Ngaire Woods’ new book, ‘The Globalizers,’ takes readers inside these institutions and the governments they work with, brilliantly decoding what they do and why they do it. Using original research and extensive interviews carried out across many countries and institutions, Woods proposes a realistic set of reforms that would make the World Bank and the IMF ultimately more effective, equitable, and just.