Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. A reception will follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
In Governing Failure: Provisional Expertise and the Transformation of Global Development Finance(Cambridge University Press, 2015), Jacqueline Best argues that the 1990s changes in IMF, World Bank and donor policies were driven by an erosion of expert authority and an increasing preoccupation with policy failure. Failures such as the Asian financial crisis and the decades of despair in sub-Saharan Africa led these institutions to develop governance strategies designed to avoid failure: fostering country ownership, developing global standards, managing risk and vulnerability and measuring results. In contrast to the structural adjustment era when policymakers were confident in their solutions, this is an era of provisional governance, in which key actors are aware of the possibility of failure even as they seek to inoculate themselves against it. Best considers the implications of this shift, asking if it is a positive change and whether it is sustainable.
Commentators: Gordon Betcherman, University of Ottawa, Randall Germain, Carleton University, and William Walters, Carleton University.
Moderator: Michael Orsini, University of Ottawa.
Author: Jacqueline Best is a Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her work focuses on the social, cultural and political underpinnings of the global economic system, which she studies by examining the efforts of organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to govern the global economy.