Saturday, 4 December 1999

From "The emergence of the governance agenda: sovereignty, neo-liberal bias and the politics of international development"

By Rob Jenkins (in the Companion to development studies, p. 485).

Genuine governance reforms that would reduce the North-South disparities that characterize, for instance, participation within international organizations (to say nothing of the accountability deficit within even rule-based institutions of global governance such as the WTO) would represent a substantial challenge to the very goverments that control development agencies. Even technical assistance to encourage poorer countries (and poorer groups within them) to participate more whole-heartedly in these organisations is heavily slanted away from programmes that might assist them in negotiating for such things as enhanced terms of trade, new rules for enforcing international agreements, and compensation for global environmental-protection measures.

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