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The World Bank And Conditionality

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  • RAUL HOPKINS

    (Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, UK)

  • ANDREW POWELL

    (Central Bank of Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

  • AMLAN ROY

    (Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, UK)

  • CHRISTOPHER L. GILBERT

    (Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, UK)

Abstract

The World Bank has evolved over its fifty years of operation so that it simultaneously exercises a number of different functions. We identify three: the Bank as a bank; as a development agency; and as development research institution. We argue that the role of conditionality is crucial to understanding the World Bank's operations. The Bank applies conditionality as part of its development mission. Its ability to do so gives the Bank a comparative advantage in enforcement of debt service. This generates a complementarity between the Bank's development agency and banking functions, creating an externality. The scope of conditionality, and their implications for the World Bank are also examined, in the light of recent discussions on the subject. © 1997 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 9 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 507-516

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:9:y:1997:i:4:p:507-516

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Cited by:
  1. Matteo Bobba & Andrew Powell, 2006. "Multilateral Intermediation of Foreign Aid: What is the Trade-Off for Donor Countries?," Research Department Publications 4500, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  2. Matteo Bobba & Andrew Powell, 2006. "Mediación multilateral de la ayuda extranjera," Research Department Publications 4501, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  3. Ikhide, Sylvanus I., 2002. "Institutional Reforms and the Role of Multilateral Aid Agencies," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  4. Ho-Chul Lee & McNulty, Mary P., 2003. "East Asia's dynamic development model and the Republic of Korea's experiences," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2987, The World Bank.

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