Title

Global governance and development ideology: The United Nations and the World Bank on the left-right spectrum

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2013

Abstract

This article compares the development ideologies of the United Nations and the World Bank by placing them on the left-right spectrum. It reviews previous ideological assessments of the two organizations and applies qualitative and quantitative content analysis of annual World Development Reports published by the World Bank and Human Development Reports issued by the United Nations Development Programme to examine their development discourse. Analysis of fifty-seven reports from 1978 to 2011 reveals two major findings. First, the World Development Reports have continuously articulated a development discourse to the right of the Human Development Reports. Second, there is clear evidence of convergence in the reports over time toward the political center.

Keywords

Development, Global governance, Governance, Ideology, Left, Right, Center, United Nations, World Bank

Discipline

Growth and Development | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Global Governance

Volume

19

Issue

2

First Page

249

Last Page

275

ISSN

1075-2846

Identifier

10.5555/1075-2846-19.2.249

Publisher

Lynne Rienner Publishers

Additional URL

http://journals.rienner.com/doi/abs/10.5555/1075-2846-19.2.249

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