Imperial Nature

In Imperial Nature, Michael Goldman, who teaches sociology at the University of Minnesota, opens a window into the inner workings of the World Bank by using specific case studies to show how the bank employs specialists, trains decision makers, generates knowledge, deals with dissenting input, makes decisions and implements large-scale projects. This study also provides a brief history of the World Bank. Especially helpful is the detailed—though somewhat repetitive—discussion of Robert McNamara’s term as the bank’s president from 1968 to 1981. Goldman also gives some attention to the bank’s role in structural adjustment and the international debt crisis and in the implementation of environment-related projects during the 1990s.


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