The Market Tells Them So: The World Bank and Economic Fundamentalism in Africa

Portada
Zed Books, 1995 - 313 pàgines
Structural adjustment is not just an economic strategy designed to assist countries in addressing technical problems related to trade, growth and the balance of payments. It embodies also, this author argues, a social, cultural, and even quasi-religious vision for the remaking of Africa and the world. John Mihevc focuses on three aspects of structural adjustment in particular. He provides an entirely innovative characterization of World Bank thinking as essentially fundamentalist in the scale of its ambitions, its ignoring of the complexities of social reality, and its denial of the legitimacy of contrary views of development. He gives a trenchant account of the criticisms which World Bank policies have elicited. And he considers the response from African churches and social movements representing voices of resistance and providing an alternative vision.
 

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INTRODUCTION
9
Globalization as Social Control
15
The Fundamentalist Theology of the World Bank
21
The Theology of Structural Adjustment
27
Filling in the Gaps
35
CHAPTER
43
The Development of Structural Adjustment
50
CHAPTER THREE
55
The Assumptions of the World Banks ExportOriented
147
Ghana
155
The GATT Negotiations
165
Making Structural Adjustment Permanent
171
CHAPTER SEVEN
183
Gender Ecology and SAPs
190
CHAPTER EIGHT
199
The World Banks Biotechnology Vision
205

Rescuing the Banks
65
Myths about SubSaharan Africas Debt
71
Multilateral Debt Relief Proposals
78
CHAPTER FOUR
85
The Size of Government
91
Summary of Berg Report
99
The Debt Crisis
105
The ECA Response
112
Donor Conditionality
121
Consolidating the Agenda
123
The Global Coalition for Africa
129
CHAPTER SIX
141
The Socialization of Genetic Resources
211
Counter BioRevolution
219
CHAPTER NINE
225
The Churches as Instruments of Recolonization
231
African Churches and Northern Partners
243
Conclusion
249
Adjustment with a Human Face
257
The Church as Oppressor of Women
263
CONCLUSION
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
281
INDEX
307
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