Clapp, Jennifer & Rorden Wilkinson (ed.), 2010, Global Governance, Poverty and Inequality

Bibhuti Bhushan Malik
2013 Comparative Sociology  
The present book, volume no. 43, is the outcome of a workshop on 'Global Governance, Poverty and Inequality' held in Waterloo, Canada in 2008 by the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). It strives to disseminate comprehensive, accessible and informative knowledge and guidance to history, structure and activities of international organisations, especially on issues of global governance, poverty and inequality. Earlier volumes of the
more » ... es probably address to diffferent issues of global importance, and this volume accordingly prioritises three immediate important institutions, concerning to humankind, and as per their relevance and usefulness in contemporary age. The book has fijive parts and twelve chapters. Fifteen scholars, across multiple disciplines -especially under protrusion of political science and economics -examine and develop methods and approaches of existing global governance and institutions that address to issues of poverty and inequality. They analyse global governance, poverty and inequality, though diffferently, while accepting the indispensability of global institutions. Part one Development and the governance of poverty and inequality having two essays deals with the broad dimension of global governance, poverty and inequality in the post-war period. Major focus here is on the living standard of people in developing countries through 'development' and 'freedom from want' processes. The second essay reflects inappropriateness of policies to local needs and its inadequacies. To address macro issues of inequality, Albert Berry suggests some radical measures. Part two Bretton Woods and the amelioration of poverty and inequality consist of three essays. In this part, the Bretton Woods institution gives credit to both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to reduce poverty and inequality at the global level. On the contrary, Bessma Momani's essay is noteworthy as it criticises IMF's failure to reduce poverty and inequality, because it remains active in its normal 'business' and does not attend to macro problems. He further comments on the lack of sensitiveness of the IMF stafff to social consequences due to its faulty recruitment pattern. Irfan Nooruddin and James Raymond Vreeland in chapter four discuss IMF's negative impact on income of developing countries and their electoral politics.
doi:10.1163/156913312x619490 fatcat:7pixgqekvvfuflnrgix2rdgt2q