A new regulatory discipline : Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in the framework of postcolonial international law and global governance
Tan, Chai-Ling Celine (2007) A new regulatory discipline : Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in the framework of postcolonial international law and global governance. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis is an examination of the Poverty Strategy Paper (PRSP)
approach to regulating countries' access to external financing. It
locates the PRSP project in the context of contemporary global
governance and postcolonial international law and considers its
impact on third world state engagement with the international
economy and the regulatory webs and institutions, notably the World
Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which underpin
Approaching the subject from an inter- disciplinary perspective,
straddling discourses of law, political economy and sociology, this
research combines an empirical methodology for examining the
linkages between the normative effect of the PRSP framework and the
actors who advance these norms with a critical analysis of the power
dynamics which underlie the relationships of the subjects and objects
of the framework.
The thesis demonstrates that far from its emancipatory language, the
PRSP project, both in its operational and discursive manifestations,
foreclose possibilities for the radical revision of the current
asymmetrical rules and institutions of international economic law.
Conversely, findings from this research suggest that the PRSP
framework adversely reconfigures the form and substance of third
world engagement with international law and the global economy.
The PRSP project reframes fundamental tenets of international
cooperation and global communal responsibility by problematising the
state in the context of economic and social development; and
constituting nation states as primary sites for the fulfilment of
economic and social rights ascribed collectively. This restructuring
takes place through a series of legal and institutional interventions of
the PRSP framework, as well as through shifts in the regulatory
mechanisms, notably the doctrine of conditionality, governing
relationships between third world states and their external financiers.
In this manner, the PRSP framework introduces a new regulatory
discipline on third world states and represents a continuation, if not
exacerbation, of the asymmetrical sovereignty characterising
postcolonial international law and the imperial nature of the
'development' project sustaining the logic of these relationships, with
significant impact on the potential for resistance and reform.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HG Finance|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Developing countries -- Economic conditions, Debt relief -- Developing countries, Loans, Foreign -- Developing countries, Structural adjustment (Economic policy), World Bank, International Monetary Fund|
|Official Date:||September 2007|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Law|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Paliwala, Abdul ; Baxi, Upendra|
|Extent:||xvii, , 310, 5 leaves|
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