Beyond the 10th IDA

Part of the Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series book series (IGAD)


Based on the events of the IDA-10, this hook identifies a number of key dynamics governing TCS’s influence on World Bank policy, individual TCSOs appear to work to advance their ideological goals without consulting many of the stakeholders impacted by their actions, particularly borrowing country populations. Financial interests play a key role in determining which organizations participate in a particular campaign or policymaking dialogue, giving flinders disproportionate influence over the make-up of the campaign or the chorus of voices participating in the dialogue. Moreover, TCSOs often make use of the influence of powerful states in advancing their international agendas. Such assistance, in turn, is prompted by domestic political pressure or national concerns. The result of these dynamics is that TCSOs with good connections in powerful states tend to have disproportionate influence. Such elite organizations have little incentive to conduct meaningful policy dialogue with other civil society actors, particularly when conflicting financial incentives between organizations make compromise unlikely. Partnerships between elite organiza Lions in the global North and partners based in the South also seem to have limited impact on the behavior of the more powerful actors or on the representivity of a larger group or coalition.


Civil Society International Labor Organization Bank Policy Bank Staff Technical Working Group 
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© Christopher L. Pallas 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kennesaw State UniversityUSA

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