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Managers of Global ChangeThe Influence of International Environmental Bureaucracies$
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Frank Biermann and Bernd Siebenhüner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012744

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012744.001.0001

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The World Bank: Making the Business Case for the Environment

The World Bank: Making the Business Case for the Environment

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(p.100) (p.101) 5 The World Bank: Making the Business Case for the Environment
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Managers of Global Change
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Robert Marschinski

Steffen Behrle

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012744.003.0005

Established at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, the World Bank was originally envisioned as an institution which would assist with the reconstruction and development of those regions that have been ravaged by war or that are less developed. Today, it is one of the world’s leading intergovernmental bureaucracies involved in the environmental arena, adopting a “making the business case” approach as part of its transition to the nascent paradigm of sustainable development and environmental protection. This chapter explores how the World Bank’s environmental activities as an actor influence other actors, and the extent to which this influence is determined by the institution’s bureaucracy. After providing an overview of its organizational structure and activities, the chapter analyzes the World Bank’s cognitive, normative, and executive influences. It also discusses the World Bank’s resources, competences, and embeddedness, along with its organizational expertise, organizational culture, and organizational leadership.

Keywords:   sustainable development, World Bank, bureaucracy, influence, resources, competences, embeddedness, organizational culture, organizational leadership, environmental protection

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