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ADMINISTRAÇÃO E GESTÃO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DO ATLÂNTICO NORTE NO GOVERNO DO BRASIL: UMA ANÁLISE HISTÓRICA DO BANCO MUNDIAL

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Translated title of the contributionNorth Atlantic Development Management as the Governance of Brazil
Translated subtitle of the contributionA Historical Analysis of the World Bank

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JournalRevista Brasileira de Estudos Organizacionais
DatePublished - Jun 2015
Issue number1
Volume2
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)81-102
Original languageOther

Abstract

This article proposes the existence of a particular form of managerialism –
‘NADAM’, North Atlantic Development Administration and
Management. The privileges of representation, inclusion and exclusion
NADAM provides North Atlantic actors like the World Bank are
examined empirically through World Bank project documents from 2009.
The analysis reveals how NADAM requires Brazilian actors to be
represented as supplicant and deserving, using terms such as ‘diligent’
and ‘steadfast’ to legitimize the beneficiaries of World Bank loans. It also
reveals how projects are managed to bypass and override the possibilities
of democratic change through constitutional means of elections. Such
change is presented in project management documents as a ‘risk’, with
politically partisan actors presented as neutral technocrats deploying
‘objective’ management techniques, when in reality they sustain a
neoliberal change ideology. Also startling is the absence of Brazilian
research expertise – of individual scholars, or as embodied in the rich
Brazilian peer-reviewed literature on public sector administration and
management. The article concludes by situating the managerialism of
NADAM in the long tradition of North Atlantic imperial intervention in
Brazil, a pre-requisite of which is the assumption of discursive power and
the silencing of local knowledge, even that which meets the requirements
of North Atlantic ‘science’.

    Research areas

  • International Management, World Bank, Neo-colonialism, Project Management

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