Working Paper
International Organizations in Development and Global Inequality

the Example of the World Bank’s Pension Policy

Initial models of development debates on how to achieve economic growth have been added to by a focus on social issues such as education and political participation. These debates and discourses about development are shaped by international organizations (IGOs) as they produce reference/action frameworks for actors in development policy. The paper suggests conceptualizing IGOs as world organizations considering four dimensions: (1) world semantics; (2) the inner-organizational dynamics within IGOs; (3) external relations of IGOs to their organizational environment; (4) the kind of world order concerning development and global inequality established by IGOs. To illustrate the model the paper explains World Banks pension policy.