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The political economy of the World Bank : the early years

Author: Michele Alacevich
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Economics and Finance/Stanford University Press ; Washington, DC : World Bank, ©2009.
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From the Publisher: The Political Economy of the World Bank: The Early Years is a fascinating study of economic history. This text describes perhaps what is the most crucial time for development economics: the birth of the "third world," the creation of development economics as a discipline, and the establishment of the World Bank's leading role in development. Using previously unavailable archival material, Michele  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Alacevich, Michele.
Political economy of the World Bank.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Economics and Finance/Stanford University Press ; Washington, DC : World Bank, ©2009
(OCoLC)761346567
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Alacevich
ISBN: 9780804760652 0804760659 9780804760669 0804760667 0821376470 9780821376478
OCLC Number: 257556027
Notes: Translation of: Le origini della Banca mondiale, c2007.
Description: xvi, 197 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --1: World Bank And Development --
Historical context --
Methodological framework --
Pars Destruens --
Pars Construens --
2 Currie Mission In Colombia, 1949-1953 --
Importance of the Colombia Mission for the Switch from Reconstruction to Development --
End of the Reconstruction Phase --
Initial contacts between the Colombian Government and the IBRD --
Collaboration between Lauchlin Currie and the IBRD --
Mission collects information --
Putting the team together --
First IBRD general survey mission, Colombia 1949 --
Currie Mission Report --
Comite de Desarrollo Economico (1950-1951) and the Consejo National de Planificacion (1952-1954) --
Evolution of the relationship between Currie and the World Bank --
Tensions within the Comite de Desarrollo Economico --
Difficult beginning of the Consejo National de Planificacion (1952-1953) --
End of the affair --
3 Economic Development In Theory And Practice --
Development approaches: balanced versus unbalanced growth --
Balanced growth --
Unbalanced growth --
Development approaches: program loans versus project loans --
Program loans --
Project loans --
Debate on development reverberates inside the IBRD --
Conflicting approaches: program versus project --
Program versus project: the bank's changing attitude --
Autobiographical notes --
Currie versus Hirschman: monetary and fiscal policy --
Analyzing the situation --
Hypotheses --
Clash --
Currie versus Hirschman: iron and steel production --
Analysis of the Currie Mission --
Interests at odds --
Informe de la Mision Parael Comite and the flesher solution --
Steel and development: reasons for disagreement --
Changing alliances --Agreements and disagreements --
Sociological interpretation of the development economics debate: Robert K Merton and the "Kindle Cole" principle --
4: At The Root Of The Bank's Policy Advice --
Urban development plan for Barranquilla --
Request for IBRD financing --
Why did the bank refuse financing? --
IBRD and housing loans --
ILO proposal and the first IBRD comments --
Disengagement of the IBRD --
Discussions at the bank: impact loans and social loans --
Impact loans --
Social loans --
Bank's relentless preference for directly productive loans --
Raising funds in the US capital market --
Wall street men --
US foreign economic policy and the wane of the New Deal --
Early successes of the bank: an obstacle to change --
Coda: the end of the debate --
Reorganization of 1952 --
Black's bank --
Conclusions --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index of names.
Other Titles: Origini della Banca mondiale.
Responsibility: Michele Alacevich.
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