This book offers a new perspective in examining the key global economic organizations - the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank (and its regional counterparts), and the World Trade Organization. Aimed at ordinary informed readers, the text draws upon the author's many years of familiarity with these organizations to evaluate them from a legal and policy perspective, touching on issues of "mission creep," "democracy deficit," and more. The book depicts such issues as the central struggles in a "Global Development War" that is now being lost because of certain ideological and institutional failings that currently afflict the global institutions. That war can be won, the author asserts, only by adopting an ideology of liberal, intelligent, participatory, multilateral, and sustainable human development.
John W. Head, professor of international law at Kansas University, holds degrees from Oxford University and the University of Virginia. He has worked in several international financial institutions and has written widely on global business law, and international development law and institutions.
Table of contents
Foreword and Synopsis; Chapter One: The Fourth World War; Chapter Two: A Cacophony of Criticisms — Attacking the Global Economic Organizations; Chapter Three: What Are the Global Economic Organizations?; Chapter Four: Battles Over the GEOs’ Policies and Operations; Chapter Five: Battles Over the GEOs’ Character, Control, and Reach; Chapter Six: The Current Front in the Global Development War —
How (and Whether) to Reform the GEOs?; Selected Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
* college and university faculty and students (especially at undergraduate level)
* lawyers and business executives wanting a general overview and evaluation of the GEOs
* policy-makers in government agencies (esp. ministries of finance, trade, development, etc; and central banks)
* policy advocates in NGOs focused on the GEOs (esp. with environmental, human rights, and "civil society" agendas)
* interested and generally informed readers without any specific background in international economic relations or law
* all those interested in international economic relations generally, and particularly in how the key global economic organizations should be intelligently criticized and effectively reformed for a new age.