The World Bank

Penny Griffin

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The World Bank has transformed itself from an afterthought at Bretton Woods to one of the most powerful institutional mechanisms of contemporary global governance. In this analysis, I examine the discursive shifts that have underpinned the changing shape of Bank policies and practices, examining how these are informed and sustained by a discourse of neoliberalism that is contingent, contested and unstable, but which nevertheless represents a powerful articulation of modern-day development best practice. I focus here particularly on the ways in which the Bank’s neoliberalism has shifted, particularly since the 1990s, to an economic rationality of ‘good governance’, ‘post-conditionality’ and ‘alternative development’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-581
Number of pages11
JournalNew Political Economy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • World Bank, neoliberalism, good governance, post-conditionality
  • World Bank
  • neo-liberalism
  • good governance
  • post-conditionality


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