Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads: Challenges and Proposals for Resolving the Third World Debt Crisis

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Recent world events have created a compelling need for new perspectives and realistic solutions to the problem of sovereign debt. The success of the Jubilee 2000 movement in raising public awareness of the devastating effects of debt, coupled with the highly publicized Bono/O'Neill tour of Africa, and the spectacular default and economic implosion of Argentina have helped spur a global debate over debt. A growing chorus of globalization critics, galvanized by the Catholic Church's demand for forgiveness and ...

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Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads: Challenges and Proposals for Resolving the Third World Debt Crisis

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Overview

Recent world events have created a compelling need for new perspectives and realistic solutions to the problem of sovereign debt. The success of the Jubilee 2000 movement in raising public awareness of the devastating effects of debt, coupled with the highly publicized Bono/O'Neill tour of Africa, and the spectacular default and economic implosion of Argentina have helped spur a global debate over debt. A growing chorus of globalization critics, galvanized by the Catholic Church's demand for forgiveness and bolstered by recent defaults, has put debt near the top of the international agenda. Creditor governments and international financial institutions have belatedly recognized the need for more sustainable progress on debt as an inescapable step towards economic recovery in many parts of the world. This book is intended to advance the dialogue around these issues by providing a comprehensive overview of the problems raised by debt and describing new and practical approaches to overcoming them. It will be the first in more than a decade to bring together under one cover the voices of prominent members of the international debt community. It will include pieces from the most relevant constituencies: from creditors (the IMF/World Bank, government lenders, private investors) to critics (debtor representatives, activists, and academics) and analysis from economists, bankers, lawyers, social scientists, and politicians. As contributions come from such leading thinkers across a range of disciplines, this book will offer a timely guide for understanding and influencing the debt debate.

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"Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads brings into sharp relief the multiple burdens that indebtedness imposes on the developing world. It explores the range of debt-related issues that must be addressed to lift poor countries and poor people out of poverty. The authors go beyond mere debt relief to examine a variety of ways forward including carefully designed economic reforms, expanded debt-for-nature swaps, better targeted aid, and freer trade. If you read one book on the debt crisis, this should be it."—Daniel C. Esty, Director, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

"Some of the leading thinkers unravel the complex challenges of debt management. This volume provides a wake-up call by offering comprehensive and innovative approaches...invaluable to policy makers and a great resource for students and scholars."—Richard Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195168013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Jochnick has worked for fifteen years at the intersection of human rights, development and corporate accountability. He is the founder of two international non-profit groups devoted to economic and social rights, spent five years in a wall street law firm and currently directs Oxfam America's work on corporate social responsibility. He has written and lectured extensively on human rights, sovereign debt and corporations and is an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former MacArthur Foundation writing fellow.

Fraser Preston is an international banker and investor, with a decade of experience in emerging markets and a commitment to economic development. He spent four years working in the capital markets of Argentina and Brazil, and is currently a principal of a multi-billion dollar private equity fund. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a GMIX fellow.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Contributors xiii
Introduction 3
Part I Sovereign Debt: History and Impacts
1 Creditor Initiatives in the 1980s and 1990s 13
2 Playing Games with African Lives: The G7 Debt Relief Strategy and the Politics of Indifference 35
3 Sovereign Debt and the Debt Crisis in Emerging Countries: The Experience of the 1990s 55
Part II Sovereign Debt: Law and Ethics
4 Ecological Debt-The Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren 83
5 Defining "Illegitimate Debt": When Creditors Should Be Liable for Improper Loans 109
6 The Legal Case for Debt Repudiation 132
7 Ethics, Market and Government Failure, and Globalization: Perspectives on Debt and Finance 158
8 Helping the Poor to Help Themselves: Debt Relief or Aid? 174
Part III Sovereign Debt: Prospects and Proposals
9 Using International Finance to Further Conservation: The First 15 Years of Debt-for-Nature Swaps 197
10 Odious Debt 215
11 Dealing Comprehensively, and Justly, with Sovereign Debt 226
12 The IMF's SDRM-Simply Disastrous Rescheduling Management? 246
13 Dealing with Sovereign Debt: Trends and Implications 267
14 The Jubliee 2000 Campaign: A Brief Overview 297
Index 319
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