Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781848132528 Published May 2009 For sale in North and South America only
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Unholy Trinity

The IMF, World Bank and WTO

Richard Peet

Unholy Trinity

Richard Peet

Distributed for Zed Books

304 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2009  
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781848132528 Published May 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781848132511 Published May 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Who really runs the global economy? Who benefits most from it? 

The answer is a triad of 'governance institutions' - The IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. Globalization massively increased the power of these institutions and they drastically affected the livelihoods of peoples across the world. Yet they operate undemocratically and aggressively promote a particular kind of neoliberal capitalism. Under the 'Washington Consensus' they proposed, poverty was to be ended by increasing inequality. 

This new edition of Unholy Trinity, completely updated and revised, argues that neoliberal global capitalism has now entered a period of crisis so severe that governance will become impossible. Huge incomes for a small number of super-rich people produced an unstable global economy, rife with speculation and structurally prone to crises. The IMF is in disgrace, the WTO can hardly meet anymore and the World Bank survives as a global philanthropist. Is this the end for the Unholy Trinity? 
Contents
Preface
Abbreviations and Acknowledgments
1. Globalism and Neoliberalism
2. Bretton Woods: Emergence of a Global Economic Regime
3. The International Monetary Fund
4. The World Bank
5. The World Trade Organization
6. Global Financial Capitalism and the Crisis of Governance
Bibliography
Index
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