El Banco Mundial como actor político, intelectual y financiero: su primer medio siglo

  • João Márcio Mendes Pereira Universidad Federal Rural de Río de Janero
Palabras clave: World Bank, US foreign policy, economic liberalism, multilateralism, international development aid.


This article analyzes the history of the World Bank during its first fifty years. It is argued that since its beginnings the Bank has used credit as a lever to expand its influence and institutionalize economic ideas, concepts of the world, and political prescriptions in client states. Behind its technical façade, the Bank has always acted, albeit in different forms, in the interface of the political, economic, and intellectual fields at the international level, due to its singular condition as a lender, political actor, and inductor of ideas and prescriptions about what to do in questions of capitalist development, from an Anglo-Saxon perspective. Based on a wide and varied international literature and the sources of the institution itself, the text approaches the theme taking into accountUSpolicy to the institution, changes in international economic policy, and the principal decisions of the Bank’s board.  

Biografía del autor/a

João Márcio Mendes Pereira, Universidad Federal Rural de Río de Janero
Doctor en Historia por la Universidade Federal Fluminense. Professor de Historia Contemporánea de las Américas y del Programa de Posgrado (Maestría y Doctorado) en Historia de la Universidad Federal Rural de Río de Janero.