Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers

ISBN-10: 1583672222
ISBN-13: 9781583672228
Edition: 2010
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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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Introduction
Human Rights, Development, And Debt
What is meant by �developing countries�?
Why is the term �development� ambiguous?
What is the link between debt and poverty?
What are the �Millennium Development Goals� (MDG)?
What are the different kinds of debt for developing countries?
The Origin of the Debt in Developing Countries
What part did private banks play in the development of developing countries' external debts in the 1960s & 1970s?
What part did the World Bank play in the development of the developing countries' external debts in the 1960s and 1970s?
How does die World Bank function?
What part did the governments of countries of the North play in the evolution of the developing countries' external debt in the 1960s and 1970s?
How was the borrowed money used in the developing countries?
The Debt Crisis
How did the price of commodities evolve during the last quarter of the twentieth century?
What role did the evolution of interest rates play in the 1982 debt crisis?
Are the World Rank, the IMF, and private banks somehow responsible for the debt crisis?
How did creditors respond to the debt crisis?
Are there any similarities with the 2007 subprime crisis?
The IMF, The World Bank, And The Logic Of Structural Adjustment
How does the IMF function?
What are the short-term or shock measures imposed by structural adjustment, and what are their consequences?
What are the long-term or structural measures imposed by structural adjustment, and what are their consequences?
What is the impact of the IMF/World Bank logic on the world food crisis of 2007?
Other International Players: The Paris Club And The Wto
What is the Paris Club?
Are all the developing countries treated in the same way by the Paris Club?
What is undermining the Paris Club?
What is the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
The Structure Of Developing Countries' Debt
Of what does the external debt of developing countries consist?
How has the debt changed since 1970?
Do developing countries repay debts?
What about the external public debt of developing countries?
How are the debt-related financial flows directed?
What about the domestic debt of developing countries?
Deciphering The Official Discourse On Debt Relief
How did the debt relief initiative come about?
What is the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative?
Has the HIPC initiative achieved its goal?
What was contained in the latest debt relief announced by the G8 in 2005?
The Sham Of The Dominant Model
Does Official Development Assistance (ODA) help to mitigate the effects of the debt?
Is micro-credit a solution to the excessive debt of developing countries?
Have the polices promoted by the World Bank and the IMF contributed to the fight against climate change?
What is NEPAD?
Debt Cancellations And Suspensions Of Payment In The Past
Is it impossible to cancel debt?
Why do the governments of the South continue to repay the debt?
What are vulture funds?
The Case For Canceling The Debt Of Developing Countries
What are the moral arguments in favor of canceling the debt of developing countries?
What are the political arguments in favor of canceling the debt of developing countries?
What are the economic arguments in favor of canceling the debt of developing countries?
What are the legal arguments in favor of canceling the debt of developing countries?
What are the environment arguments in favor of canceling the debt of developing countries?
What are the religious arguments in favor of canceling the debt of developing countries?
Who owes what to whom?
Who has the right to impose conditions on debt cancellation?
Can the development of emerging countries be ensured simply by repudiating their debt?
Issues Raised By Canceling The Debt Of The Developing Countries
Would canceling the debt of developing countries cause a global financial crisis?
If developing countries' debts were canceled, would the citizens of the North end up paying the bill?
Will canceling the debt help reinforce existing dictatorial regimes?
Should borrowing be avoided at all cost?
Constructing Radical Alternatives
What are the alternatives for human development in the developing countries?
If and when the debt is canceled, how can a new round of indebtedness be avoided?
What is debt auditing?
Are China, sovereign funds, or the Bank of the South valid alternatives?
Can the developing countries' external public debt be compared to the public debt of the North?
International Campaign For Debt Cancellation
How did the international campaign for debt cancellation start?
What is CADTM and how was it born?
The 145 Developing Countries in 2008
Glossary
Notes

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