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Essential reading on global governance and financial institutions

What are the main concerns and criticism about the World Bank and IMF?

Author: 
Bretton Woods Project
Originally published: 
August 2005

Criticism of the World Bank and the IMF encompasses a whole range of issues but they generally centre around concern about the approaches adopted by the World Bank and the IMF in formulating their policies. This includes the social and economic impact these policies have on the population of countries who avail themselves of financial assistance from these two institutions.

Blue Gold: The fight to stop the corporate theft of the world's water

Author: 
Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke
Originally published: 
2000

Blue Gold: The fight to stop the corporate theft of the world's water
New Press, 2000. ISBN: 9781565848139

A detailed analysis on one of life's staples, and the prognosis is not good. Chapters on the impact of globalization, the water privateers, the global trade in water, the failure of governments, the threat of international trade and investment agreements, and vitally, a citizen's guide to action.

"The wars of this century will be about water." — Vice President of the World Bank

Reviewed by Stefano Longo in Human Ecology Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2004 67

Decommissioning The IMF, World Bank and WTO

Author: 
Rajesh Makwana
Originally published: 
Share the World's Resources, December 2005

Rajesh Makwana is the Director of Share The World's Resources (www.stwr.org), an NGO campaigning for global economic and social justice. He can be contacted at rajesh[at]stwr.org

This report analyses the negative impacts of the IMF, World Bank and WTO on sustainable development and suggests an alternative mechanism for regulating the international economy which can allow these institutions to be progressively decommissioned.

The WTO: Five years of reasons to resist corporate globalization

Author: 
Lori Wallach and Michelle Sforza
Originally published: 
2000

The title says it all, really, though Ralph Nader throws in his two cents worth in an introduction. An exposé of the World Trade Organization and its destructive effects on the environment, individuals, and democracy.

Whose trade organization?: A comprehensive guide to the world trade organization

Author: 
Patrick Woodall and Lori Wallach
Originally published: 
2003

Whose trade organization?: A comprehensive guide to the world trade organization
New Press, 2003. ISBN: 9781565848412

This book is an accessible tour of the WTO's expansive non-trade provisions and their effects on the environment, our health and food safety, jobs and wages, development in poor countries and more.

Many people are surprised when they learn that trade is only a small element of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Bringing the G8 home

Author: 
Corporate Watch
Originally published: 
2005

Summary

The title of Corporate Watch’s report, ‘Bringing the G8 home’, illustrates our aim to ground
in a local reality the effects of corporate-led globalisation policies as advanced by the G8 leaders. With the G8 Summit to be held in Scotland in July 2005, this is an ideal opportunity to explore the links between the G8, corporate power and the effects of neo-liberalism in Scotland.

Corporate power is a fact of our global system. For this reason, it is not just the behaviour

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