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The World Bank and Governance

Diane Stone, Christopher Wright (ed)
Routledge (September 2006)

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 organisations of our time. The authors critically analyse 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 organisational 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, analysing the World Bank's activities in Argentina, Bolivia, Lebanon, Hungary and Vietnam.

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