Author(s): Morten Bs
The problem for the Banks in question is that an issue like governance can easily boil down to questions of individual political rights, whilst their charters exclude concepts like civil rights from loan considerations. The dilemma the Banks face is that donor countries insist on incorporation of good governance into Bank policy, while recipient countries fear that policies on governance may infringe on their national sovereignty. The argument put forward here is that if a governance policy is to be more than just lip‐service, these Banks must walk the narrow path between consensus and controversy. They must avoid an explicit focus on individual political rights, but their governance policies must have a broader focus than collective economic rights. They must have a particular focus on institutional and political interaction within the public realm.