The impact of the World Bank on legal and institutional change in the developing countries

Aoued, Ahmed (1992) The impact of the World Bank on legal and institutional change in the developing countries. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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When the World Bank lends to a developing country, it lends in the form of concessional loans, to which are attached conditions, not just conditions of repayment, but also conditions that the recipient government must fulfill by changing some of its previously chosen policies. This Thesis argues that, quite often, the implementation of such conditions has major repercussions on the legal and institutional arrangements of the borrowing country. The core of the argument is that, by making loans, the World Bank adopts a certain doctrinaire development approach, that it is insensitive to the individual situation of borrowing countries, and that the conditions imposed are ideologically biased in favour of the free market, and that it overrides national sovereignty and perpetuates dependency. The Thesis then describes in depth the various types of conditions leading to substantial reforms in the developing countries. It goes on to consider the effect of such reforms on the legal, economic, political and social structures of the borrowing members. Overall, the thesis advocates that for the Bank's objectives in the field of development to be fully achieved, it is the institution which has to change its policy, and not the borrowers.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Law, International law, banking.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Supervisor's Name: Burrows, Professor Noreen
Date of Award: 1992
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1992-74827
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 15:58
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2022 13:48
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.74827

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