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Title: Towards a New International Political Economy of Regional Development Banks: The case of the Inter-American Development Bank and its role in the Argentine liberalisation process of the 1990s
Author: Vivares, Ernesto
ISNI:       0000 0001 3548 7240
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis seeks to investigate the changing nature and role in development of the Regional Development Banks (RDBs) via an investigation of the Inter-American Development Bank. (IDB) and its interventions and role in' the process of consolidation and decline of the Argentine convertibility regime in the 1990s. In particular, the thesis explores empirically the IDB's role through two case studies that reveal its complex political economic nature: first, the debt swap for the privatisation of electricity public utilities signalling the consolidation of the convertibility regime; second, the IDB's role during the process of decline of the regime and its interventions in the privatisation of social security and the international financial bailout aimed at keeping the system afloat. Applying a version of the new International Political Economy (new IPE) approach, the thesis traces the dynamics of the Latin American political economy of financing development, situating the IDB's development mission and role within the framework of globalisation, regionalism and multilateralism. The investigation examines the structural forces shaping the nature of the IDB and its role in the region throughout the period of the internationalisation of production and globalisation of development financing. In so doing, it draws particular attention to the IDB's' ohanging development mandate and its interventions in the region in relation to its hemispheric, regional and global commitments, revealing the dynamics of its technical, financial and political capabilities. Turning specifically to the case studies of the IDB's role in the consolidation and decline of the convertibility regime, the thesis examines the impact on development of what we call the power-balance legitimisation. Ultimately, the thesis intends to show the dynamic role of the IDB within the regional and domestic political economy, providing evidence concerning the exhaustion of the IDB's historical mandate as a result of a dominant economic focus of development challenging this historical institution to re-found its development mission in the region.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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