Drawing on the specific case of IMF and World Bank’s response to the multiple crisis triggered by the pandemic, a journal article shows that there is a discourse-practice disjuncture in the Bretton Woods institutions approach to public services as they continue to favour austerity and market-oriented solutions for the delivery of public services. The article therefore seeks to demystify the institutions rhetoric and demand the adoption of a different way of understanding public services, and social policy more broadly.
Chiara is a development economist and joined Eurodad in October 2020 as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer on development finance. She leads work on IFI’s undue influence on developing countries’ policy and fiscal space and on reforms of global economic governance. Before joining Eurodad, she was Inequality Policy Manager for Oxfam GB, leading their policy and global advocacy work on inequality. Previously, she was a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute, focusing on policy solutions to chronic poverty and combining field, qualitative and quantitative research. She holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and has taught heterodox and political economy in British universities. She is Italian, has lived 13 years in London and is now based in Brussels.