ISBN 9789350021712,Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank: Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers

Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank: Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers



Aakar Books

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9789350021712

ISBN-10 9350021714


Number of Pages 361 Pages
Language (English)


Mainstream economists tell us that developing countries will replicate the economic achievements of the rich countries if they implement the correct "free-market" policies. But scholars and activists Toussaint and Millet demonstrate that this is patently false. Drawing on a wealth of detailed evidence, they explain how developed economies have systematically and deliberately exploited the less-developed economies by forcing them into unequal trade and political relationships. Integral to this arrangement are the international economic institutions ostensibly created to safeguard the stability of the global economy the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bankand the imposition of massive foreign debt on poor countries. The authors explain in simple language, and ample use of graphics, the multiple contours of this exploitative system, its history, its history, and now it continues to function in the present day. Ultimately, Toussaint and Millet advocate cancellation of all foreign dabt for developing countries and provide arguments from a number of perspectiveslegal, economic, moral. Presented in an accessible and easily-referenced question and answer format, Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank is an essential tool for the global justice movement. About The Author Eric Toussaint a doctor in political science, is president of the committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt, CADTM Belgium. He is author of A Diagnosis of Emerging Global Crisis and Alternatives, and The World Bank: A Critical Primer, among other books. Damien Millet teaches mathematics and is spokesperson for CADTM France. He is the author of L'Afrique sans dette, and co-author with Eric Toussaint of Tsunami Aid or Debt Cancellation. Table of Contents Foreword by angela Y. Davis Abbreviations Introduction? 1. HUMAN RIGHTS, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEBT 1. What is meant by "developing countries"? 2. Why is the term "development" ambiguous? 3. Wha