Imperial Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization

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Yale University Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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Why is the World Bank so successful? How has it gained power even at moments in history when it seemed likely to fall? This pathbreaking book is the first close examination of the inner workings of the Bank, the foundations of its achievements, its propensity for intensifying the problems it intends to cure, and its remarkable ability to tame criticism and extend its own reach. Michael Goldman takes us inside World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., and then to Bank project sites around the globe. He explains how projects funded by the Bank really work and why community activists struggle against the World Bank and its brand of development. Goldman looks at recent ventures in areas such as the environment, human rights, and good governance and reveals how - despite its poor track record - the World Bank has acquired greater authority and global power than ever before. The book sheds new light on the World Bank's role in increasing global inequalities and considers why it has become the central target for anti-globalization movements worldwide. For anyone concerned about globalization and social justice, Imperial Nature is essential reading.
 

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Contents

Introduction Understanding World Bank Power
1
The Rise of the Bank
46
Producing Green Science inside Headquarters
100
The Birth of a Discipline Producing Environmental Knowledge for the World
151
EcoGovernmentality and the Making of an Environmental State
181
Privatizing Water Neoliberalizing Civil Society The Power of Transnational Policy Networks
221
Conclusion Can It Be Shut Down?
272
Notes
293
Bibliography
317
Index
345
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Michael Goldman is associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota and is affiliated with its Institute for Global Studies.

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