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he World Bank and the Diffusion of Financial Practices
by Elizabeth Ocampo and Dean Neu
A study of World Bank practices and their effects focusing on Latin America, particularly in the fields
of educational provision and social services.
In the past David Livingstone was the image of the missionary, bringing civilization to darkest Africa. Today the missionary is the well-dressed World Bank bureaucrat travelling by jet, dropping in to consult with governments in the developing. The tools of missionary work have changed. Today the promise of betterment is mediated through planning mechanisms, performance indicators and financial reports.
This book focuses on these mechanisms, through which the World Bank influences governments to adopt its norms, and accept its agenda. It examines how these financial missions 'work', the intended and unintended consequences and probes links in chains of responsibility and accountability.
The helpful summary that conclude each chapter would facilitate adoption as a course text.
Elizabeth Ocampo is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta.
Dean Neu is director of the Centre for Public Interest at the University of Calgary, his book Truth or Profit?: Ethics and Business of Public Accounting was published by Fernwood.
Paperback 152 pages, Refs., bib., 6 tables,
Published September 2008
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