The Asian Development Bank

  • Robert Wihtol
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


An important distinction between most specialised agencies of the UN system1 and the multilateral banks is that in the former each member government has one vote, while in the latter voting power and influence is much more closely related to financial contributions and emphasises the relative role of the banks’ donors. Both the ADB’s decision-making structure and the positions taken by its members on key institutional and policy issues highlight the fact that a fundamental conflict in the Bank is that between the interests of the donors and the developing member countries (DMCs) in exerting control over the Bank’s operations. Following a brief outline of how the Bank operates, this chapter discusses the question of political influence in the Bank, and compares voting power and formal influence with the more realistic financial influence.


Executive Director Vote Share Vote Power Financial Contribution Regional Country 
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Notes and References

  1. 4.
    Krishnamurti R., ADB — The Seeding Days ( Manila: ADB Printing Section, 1977 ) pp. 75–8.Google Scholar
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    Yasutomo D. T., Japan and the Asian Development Bank ( New York: Praeger, 1983 ) p. 59.Google Scholar
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    Rowley A., ‘We’ll Do It Our Way’, Far Eastern Economic Review (14 May 1987) pp. 68–70.Google Scholar
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    Krasner S. D., ‘Power Structures and Regional Development Banks’, International Organization, Vol. 35 (Spring 1981 ) p. 312.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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