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'Knowledge' or Knowledgeable Banks? International Financial Institutions' Generation of Knowledge in Times of Crisis

  • José Cuesta

The food-price crisis is testing the capacity of so-called 'knowledge institutions' to generate relevant knowledge with which to serve their clients better. This article analyses the voluminous knowledge generated by such banks and other international institutions in the context of the food-price crisis: in particular, its technical features; the depth and merits of the subsequent policy discussion; and the connection between the knowledge generated and specific policy advocacy. It also provides an explanation for the inability of these institutions to anticipate the dire consequences of the crisis, other than the widely accepted 'perfect storm' storyline. Copyright (c) The Author 2010. Journal compilation (c) 2010 Overseas Development Institute..

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 28 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (01)
Pages: 43-62

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:28:y:2010:i:1:p:43-62
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