who will be next World Bank President What will they do


More networking than nous. The Times of London gives a run-down of the candidates for World Bank president who it believes can restore the intellectual rigour squandered by James Wolfensohn's habit of pandering to "every single-issue protest group in sight."

While Jim Leach is a "dullard" and Carly Fiorina a "showy" lightweight, Wolfowitz is "brilliant and still the favourite," and John Taylor - praised for opposing the International Finance Facility - and Kenneth Rogoff would offer solid management.

The paper tips its hat to Bill Clinton (looking for a job) and Gordon Brown (may be looking for a job) too.

"If this were a corporation," it notes, "there would by now be a shortlist of highly qualified candidates awaiting scrutiny by the board. By contrast, chief executives of the World Bank “emerge” in an opaque and politicised process that too often rewards networking at the expense of nous."

David Steven ~ March 04, 2005

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