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Owning Development
Creating Policy Norms in the IMF and the World Bank

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Susan Park, Antje Vetterlein, Bessma Momani, Veronika Wodsak, Martin Koch, Catherine Weaver, André Broome, Leonard Seabrooke, Ralf J. Leiteritz, Manuela Moschella, Martin Lardone
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  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107407046

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  • As pillars of the post-1945 international economic system, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are central to global economic policy debates. This book examines policy change at the IMF and the World Bank, providing a constructivist account of how and why they take up ideas and translate them into policy, creating what we call 'policy norms'. The authors compare processes of policy emergence and change and, using archival and interview data, analyse nine policy areas including gender, debt relief, and tax and pension reform. Each chapter traces the policy norm process in order to shed light on the main sources and mechanisms for norm change within international organizations. Owning Development details the strength of these policy norms which emerge, then either stabilize or decline. The book establishes valuable insights into the strength of current development policies propounded by international organizations and the possibility for change.

    • Challenges many assumptions in recent IO scholarship to establish a constructivist framework for examining how the IMF and the World Bank take up ideas and shape policy
    • Compares policy change by examining nine 'policy norms': current account liberalization, capital account liberalization, social development, debt relief, tax reform, pension reform, public sector management, gender equity and sustainable development
    • Will appeal to those interested in different development approaches and debates, development economics, and current strategies to promote economic growth in developing countries
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    Review of the hardback: 'A carefully crafted and researched anthology that will be a 'must read' for anyone interested in international institutions and their policies in the post-Washington consensus period. It should also be read with profit by those interested in the role of ideas in policy making, as it goes well beyond the dominant 'diffusion' or 'internalization' approaches, and thus opens up a new research agenda.' Friedrich Kratochwil, European University Institute

    Review of the hardback: 'This very strong volume makes a clear and distinct theoretical contribution in exploring how the World Bank and International Monetary Fund adopt and spread norms. The individual chapters are based on an impressive amount of interview and archive material, written by authors with deep expertise in the field. The book marks a major contribution to the study of international organizations and international relations theory more generally.' Jason Sharman, Griffith University

    Review of the hardback: 'In this book Park and Vetterlein have assembled the next generation of academic leaders in international relations and political economy. They take the study of international organisation to a higher plane of insight by analysing the internally generated ideas and norms of the IMF and World Bank that drive global policy.' Diane Stone, University of Warwick, Central European University and University of Western Australia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107407046
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Owning development: creating policy norms in the IMF and the World Bank Susan Park and Antje Vetterlein
    Part II. Norm Emergence:
    2. Internal or external norm champions: the IMF and multilateral debt relief Bessma Momani
    3. From three to five: the World Bank's pension reform policy norm Veronika Wodsak and Martin Koch
    4. The strategic social construction of the World Bank's gender and development policy norm Catherine Weaver
    Part III. Norm Stabilization:
    5. Lacking ownership: the IMF and its engagement with social development as a policy norm Antje Vetterlein
    6. Stabilizing global monetary norms: the IMF and current account convertibility André Broome
    7. Bitter pills to swallow: legitimacy gaps and social recognition of the IMF tax policy norm in East Asia Leonard Seabrooke
    Part IV. Norm Subsiding:
    8. The IMF and capital account liberalization: a case of failed norm institutionalization Ralf J. Leiteritz and Manuela Moschella
    9. The World Bank's global safeguard policy norm? Susan Park
    10. The new public management policy norm on the ground: a comparative analysis of the World Bank's experience in Chile and Argentina Martin Lardone
    Part V. Conclusion:
    11. Do policy norms reconstitute global development? Susan Park and Antje Vetterlein.

  • Editors

    Susan Park, University of Sydney
    Susan Park is a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is the author of World Bank Group Interactions with Environmentalists (2010). Dr Park has published widely on change in international financial institutions.

    Antje Vetterlein, Copenhagen Business School


    Susan Park, Antje Vetterlein, Bessma Momani, Veronika Wodsak, Martin Koch, Catherine Weaver, André Broome, Leonard Seabrooke, Ralf J. Leiteritz, Manuela Moschella, Martin Lardone

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