Descripción o resumen: Ritzen, JozefThis book is about the World Bank as the nerve centre of development cooperation. It proposes that, unless radical steps are taken by the World Bank, the first decade of the 21st century will witness a ever-widening gulf between the poor and rich countries. In A Chance for the World Bank, Jo Ritzen presents a picture of a world at a crossroads. One road leads to substantial ('radical') reform in the rich countries, in combination with a substantial push towards better governance in developing countries. The other leads to further increases in inequality between rich and poor countries. 'Millennium development goals' such as achieving universal primary education by 2015 or reducing child mortality by two-thirds in 2015 have had widespread support. They will not be reached if the world follows this road; unfortunately, the signs suggest that it has already started to do so. A Chance for the World Bank provides an overview of the challenges faced by the World Bank, and explores how the World Bank has organized itself to deal with its mission. It proposes that the World Bank still has a chance to achieve its stated goals; in order to do so, it needs to take a number of radical steps: to create a level playing field in trade for the developing countries; to harmonize aid and save developing countries from the gigantic transaction costs of aid; and to promote governance in developing countries and to reduce rigorously induced corruption by multinationals. This unique book brings together the author's experience of three areas: politics, academic economics and development cooperation. The result, in the face of gloomy prospects for convergence between rich and poor countries, is anauthoritative and radical manifesto for urgently needed changes in development cooperation. It is a must for anybody interested in development economics and the politics of today's world.