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dc.contributor.authorWeller, Patrick
dc.contributor.authorXu, Yi-Chong
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:38:25Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:38:25Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.date.modified2011-01-31T07:00:30Z
dc.identifier.issn0033-3298
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.01801.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/35887
dc.description.abstractThis article seeks to understand the operations of the World Bank by examining one particular group of players - the country directors (CDs). It argues that the analysis of international organizations (IOs), by focusing on the behaviour of their principals (states), as principal-agent analysts do, or on organizational cultures, as the constructivist approach does, is inadequate in explaining the operation and behaviour of IOs, which are themselves complex organizations with chains of cascading relationships. Country directors at the World Bank occupy a pivotal position in this chain: with executive directors and the president as their nominal and ultimate principals, vice presidents as their direct principals and client countries as informal principals. They are themselves principals to their country team and to some sector people. For both conceptual and empirical reasons, therefore, CDs deserve separate analysis. To explain the way these relationships shape the work CDs do and how they do it, this article examines three basic functions of country directors at the Bank: (1) representing the Bank to the client countries; (2) representing the country to the Bank; and (3) managing the country offices and country programmes. The empirical section of this article is based on interviews with over 80 officials in both Washington and field offices. We show that an understanding of the Bank and its operations requires an examination of its internal processes and its staff.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom211
dc.relation.ispartofpageto231
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPublic Administration
dc.relation.ispartofvolume88
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and administration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and administration not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4407
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode440799
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4408
dc.titleAgents of influence: Country directors at the world bank
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorWeller, Patrick M.
gro.griffith.authorXu, Yi-chong


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