Transferring Development

  • Adrian Robert BazbauersEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In this Chapter, Bazbauers introduces the book’s subject matter, argument, and approach. The chapter establishes World Bank technical assistance as an instrument of transnational policy transfer, arguing that relational dynamics between lender and recipient affects the perception of the legitimacy of policy travelling from the ‘international’ to the ‘domestic’. Beginning from the constructivist position that ‘development’ is a social construct, the chapter holds that successful policy movement via technical assistance depends on the recipient’s perception of the validity of proposed policy reforms, with perception being influenced by the ways in which those policies are presented, packaged, and transferred. Successful policy transfer thus concerns not just issues of technical soundness, but also the social and political interactions—the relationship—between technical assistance provider and recipient.


World Bank Technical Assistance Policy Transfer Policy Movement International Bank For Reconstruction And Development (IBRD) International Centre For Settlement Of Investment Disputes (ICSID) 
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