Third World Debt And International Public Policy by Seamus O'CleireacainThird World Debt And International Public Policy by Seamus O'Cleireacain

Third World Debt And International Public Policy

bySeamus O'Cleireacain

Hardcover | January 1, 1990

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This comprehensive study traces the evolution of the international debt crisis from its beginnings in the early 1970s to the present. The author uses a sample of 24 major borrower and heavily indebted countries to explore the economic forces within developing countries and the external conditions which led to the build-up of serious debt and their subsequent inability to carry it. He focuses attention on the changing roles of multilateral lending agencies such as the IMF and the World Bank and examines the role played by U.S., European, and Japanese commercial banks in creating conditions which led to unsustainable levels of debt among Third World borrowers. Finally, O'Cleireacain details the changing attitude of the U.S., from the early approaches of the Reagan administration through Brady Plan initiatives of the Bush administration. Scholars in development economics and international finance will find O'Cleireacain's work an important contribution to current debates over the causes of and policy responses to the mounting Third World debt crisis. In his discussion on the role of multilateral lending agencies, O'Cleireacain analyzes the lending policies of the IMF, the changing nature of IMF conditionality, and the relations between debtor countries and the IMF. By examining the appropriate role of private sector capital flows--which to some extent compete with lending flows available from the IMF and the World Bank--the author places the debt crisis in a wider international public policy context. He concludes that private lending by commercial banks is one of the fundamental causes of the crisis as borrowers have turned to them to avoid the watchdog role of the established multilaterallending agencies. Based on his extensive study of the sample countries, O'Cleireacain calls for the use of IMF and World Bank-endorsed development strategies which require external financing but use exports to generate the foreign exchange to service foreign debt. An appendix listing U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve support operations for debtor nations, a bibliography, and an index complete the volume.
Title:Third World Debt And International Public PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:258 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1990Publisher:Praeger Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:027592520X

ISBN - 13:9780275925208


Editorial Reviews

?O'Cleireacain discuss Third World debt within a framework of international public policy, in particular those policies related to various development strategies for Third World countries, to multilateral lending agencies, and to commercial banks as lenders to sovereign governments. Data to support the author's arguments is drawn primarily from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Agency for International Development, the Federal Reserve, and the economic reports of the president. Both debtor and developed countries are criticized for their failure at times to work through multilateral lending agencies. There are informative discussions of techniques of debt management and evaluations of major costs to all parties' of various means of handling debt. Special attention is devoted to the development of IMF and World Bank conditionality. An appendix shows US Treasury and Federal Reserve support operations for debtor nations' during the period 1982-88. Select bibliography. For upper-division and graduate students of international policy, and for those referred to by the author when he states that the debt crisis has spawned a whole industry of researchers.'?-Choice