Imperial Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social by Michael Goldman

By Michael Goldman

This pathbreaking ebook is the 1st shut exam of the interior workings of the area financial institution, the principles of its international achievements, its propensity for intensifying the issues it intends to treatment, and its striking skill to tame feedback and expand its personal reach.

"An very good critique of the Bank's internal workings and exterior image-making."—Publishers Weekly

"Imperial Nature’s maximum energy is its research of the area financial institution as an establishment. . . . A priceless source for activists, scholars, and students, alike."—Joshua Brook, TNR Online

"A compelling study."—Steve Lachman, Environment

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S. food exports (Friedmann ). ” As I will show in chapter , a completely different set of historical circumstances would precipitate the rise (and fall) of subsequent development regimes, that is, structural adjustment and green neoliberalism. THE ROLE OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION Although by the end of this book it will become abundantly clear that the Bank wields enormous political-economic power in borrowing countries, my emphasis is actually less on pure economic power than on the complementary power of its knowledge-producing activities.

Based NGOs that ignore the value of economics and economic growth as the catalyst for poverty alleviation in the South  Introduction (Wade ), he misses the important role of the Bank’s “civilsociety agenda” in creating political consent and ensuring that civil-society actors gain ground, albeit only within the parameters set by this institution. Moreover, by ignoring the central role the World Bank plays in enlarging the scope for global capital accumulation, Wade underplays the significance of the World Bank in the making of the highly inequitable global economy.

After all, as we shall see, development as a discourse has been rallied for very different political projects, from taming the rebels of colonial rule to supporting independence movements throughout the South. Understanding development within its uneven historical and cultural contexts is essential for a critical analysis of it and its alternatives. A Third Way: An Analytics of the “Terrain of the Conjunctural” Missing from these perspectives is a narrative of the actual production of development hegemony, the contested sites and the tussle over specific policies and interventions that would give us a clearer sense of the historical conjunctures and political volatilities of hegemony making.

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