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Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads

Edited by Chris Jochnick and Fraser A. Preston

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168006
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783458 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195168003.001.0001

Series: Initiative for Policy Dialogue

Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads

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Recent world events have created a compelling need for new perspectives and realistic solutions to the problem of sovereign debt. The success of the Jubilee 2000 movement in raising public awareness of the devastating effects of debt, coupled with the highly publicized Bono/O'Neill tour of Africa, and the spectacular default and economic implosion of Argentina, have helped spur a global debate over debt. A growing chorus of globalization critics, galvanized by the Catholic Church's demand for forgiveness and bolstered by recent defaults, has put debt near the top of the international agenda. Creditor governments and international financial institutions have belatedly recognized the need for more sustainable progress on debt as an inescapable step towards economic recovery in many parts of the world. This book advances the dialogue around these issues by providing an overview of the problems raised by debt and describing new and practical approaches to overcoming them. It brings together the voices of prominent members of the international debt community. It includes pieces from the most relevant constituencies: from creditors (the IMF/World Bank, government lenders, private investors) to critics (debtor representatives, activists, and academics) and analysis from economists, bankers, lawyers, social scientists, and politicians.

Keywords: Jubilee 2000; Africa; Argentina; debt; globalization; financial institutions; economic recovery; IMF

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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Introduction in Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads

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Creditor Initiatives in the 1980s and 1990s in Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads

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The Legal Case for Debt Repudiation in Sovereign Debt at the Crossroads

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