The IMF and the Future / Edition 1

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"Starting with a historical background tracing the evolution of the IMF, the book goes on to cover such themes as: the circumstances under which countries turn to the IMF, the various aspects of IMF conditionality, institutional issues such as lending facilities and how the Fund is resourced, and the political economy of IMF issues." The book will undoubtedly be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in development studies, international relations and international economic policy.
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'The IMF and the Future will interest anyone who seeks to understand the complexities of the IMF role in the world economy and is prepared to live with the dismalness of economic science ... it is an excellent survey of the policy choices and problems that pushed the IMF in the direction it is moving today.' - James M. Boughton, Times Higher Education Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415299879
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Priorities for Development Economics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Bird is Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey

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Table of Contents

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1 A suitable case for treatment?: understanding the ongoing debate about the IMF 1
2 Borrowing from the IMF: the policy implications of recent empirical research 31
3 IMF lending: how is it affected by economic, political and institutional factors? 44
4 IMF programmes - do they work? Can they be made to work better? 68
5 The effectiveness of conditionality and the political economy of policy reform: is it simply a matter of political will? 93
6 IMF programmes: is there a conditionality Laffer curve? 113
7 The credibility and signalling effect of IMF programmes 130
8 The IMF's role in mobilizing international capital: is there a catalytic effect? 141
9 Restructuring the IMF's lending facilities 163
10 Resourcing the Fund: direct borrowing from private capital markets 179
11 Crisis averter, crisis lender, crisis manager: the IMF in search of a systemic role 194
12 The IMF and developing countries: a review of the evidence and policy options 211
13 Political economy influences within the life cycle of IMF programmes 243
14 The political economy of the SDR: the rise and fall of an international reserve asset 267
Index 291
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