Fertilizing the Arab Spring

Freedom is rarely mentioned in the same sentence as the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank. These organizations are more often associated with the stringent conditionality and technocratic autocracy of structural adjustment than revolution and democratic rebirth. Indeed, talk about political freedom has been largely absent from the lips of potential new IMF directors as they criss-cross the world trying to woo international governments.

Nathaniel Lowbeer-Lewis
Published: Wednesday, 08/10/2011 12:00 am EDT

Freedom is rarely mentioned in the same sentence as the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank. These organizations are more often associated with the stringent conditionality and technocratic autocracy of structural adjustment than revolution and democratic rebirth. Indeed, talk about political freedom has been largely absent from the lips of potential new IMF directors as they criss-cross the world trying to woo international governments.

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