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The debate on whether or not the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and their intervention strategies are a positive force for change in the developing world continues to rage. Featuring both macroeconomic and microeconomic approaches, this book brings together an international team of contributors ...

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The IMF, World Bank and Policy Reform

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Overview

The debate on whether or not the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and their intervention strategies are a positive force for change in the developing world continues to rage. Featuring both macroeconomic and microeconomic approaches, this book brings together an international team of contributors and centres upon three broad themes:



  • the ideology of the IMF and World Bank

  • poverty reduction

  • conditionality.

In exploring these themes, this book will be a valuable reference for postgraduate students and professionals in the fields of development studies and political economy.

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Meet the Author

Alberto Paloni is Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Glasgow.

Maurizio Zanardi is Assistant Professor of Economics and member of CentER at Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

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Table of Contents

The IMF, World Bank and policy reform : introduction and overview 1
1 Voting power in the Bretton Woods institutions 29
2 What determines IMF arrangements? 49
3 The politics of IMF and World Bank lending : will it backfire in the Middle East and North Africa? 64
4 A World Bank attempt to create a policy environment indirectly through an NGO support project : a case study of Palestine 100
5 The World Bank and good governance : rethinking the state or consolidating neo-liberalism? 115
6 The effects of compliance with structural adjustment programmes on human development in sub-Saharan Africa 145
7 Trade liberalization and economic reform in developing countries : structural change or de-industrialization? 162
8 Integrating poverty reduction in IMF-World Bank models 191
9 The contrasting effects of structural adjustment on rural livelihoods in Africa : case-studies from Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda 209
10 The World Bank and the reconstruction of the 'social safety net' in Russia and Eastern Europe 231
11 Conditionality and IMF flexibility 253
12 Conditionality, development assistance and poverty : reforming the PRS process 265
13 What does ownership mean in practice? : policy learning and the evolution of pro-poor policies in Uganda 276
14 Can conditionality improve borrower ownership? 292
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