The World Bank: From Reconstruction to Development to Equity

January 31, 2008

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the World Bank, explaining where this complex institution comes from, how it works, and the challenges it faces. The book uses case studies to illustrate its points and thoughtfully discusses the World Bank's controversial responses to an array of critiques from different quarters. It situates the World Bank within the international development framework, examining its role as both a practical and an intellectual leader and as a long term and trusted advisor to governments. The book concludes with reflections on the World Bank’'s future and major strategic challenges it faces today. It forms part of a series on global institutions, edited by Thomas Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson and published by Routledge.

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