World Bank Group interactions with environmentalists

Changing international organisation identities

By Susan Park

World Bank Group interactions with environmentalists


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7947-4
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £65.00
  • Published Date: April 2010
  • BIC Category: Politics, Political economy, International institutions, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy, Society & social sciences / International institutions
  • Series: Issues in Environmental Politics


This book shows how environmentalists have shaped the world's largest multilateral development lender, investment financier and political risk insurer to take up sustainable development. The book challenges an emerging consensus over international organisational change to argue that international organisations (IOs) are influenced by their social structure and may change their practices to reflect previously antithetical norms such as sustainable development.

This important text locates sources of organisational change with environmentalists, thus demonstrating the ways in which non-state actors can effect change within large intergovernmental organisations through socialisation. It combines a theoretically sophisticated account of international organisation change with detailed empirical evidence of change in one issue area across three institutions.

The book will be of interest to academics, postgraduate and upper undergraduate students in international relations, international political economy, environmental politics, development and globalisation studies and geography as well as policy makers, international bureaucrats and development practitioners.


Susan Park is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sydney


List of figures and tables
1. Introduction
2. Changing IOs: identity and socialisation
3. The World Bank and new norms of development
4. IFC and norms of sustainable finance
5. MIGA and green political risk?
6. Conclusion: lending, investing and guaranteeing sustainable development

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