My PhD research asks if andhow executive leadership matters in international organisation. For non-politicos, by executive (head), I refer to the single individual tasked with leading an international orgnaisation, like the Secretary-General in the United Nations. Organisation, used in the singular, refers to the functions of global cooperation via institutions, like the International Labour Organization (yes, that spelling is accurate).
To have this public profiling of the current three candidates,
- Jim Yong Kim from the US,
- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria, and
- Jose Antonio Ocampo from Colombia,
for the position of the executive head of the World Bank AND TO BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE QUALIFIED ANALYSIS KILLS ME! I’m currently working on my first solo publication, due 20 April. So I can’t provide much in depth analysis here, despite how much it is needed. PhD = fail.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: If Ocampo or Okonjo-Iweala are selected, either will serve as the first non-US head of the World Bank. Okonjo-Iweala would be the first female to serve. Read Steven LukesPower: A Radical View (1974) if you don’t know why that matters.
Send any questions you have though. I’ll be happy to tell you what I know of why each candidate is or is not entirely qualified and my ‘pick’ as it were.
…see also Matthew Eagleton-Pierce Symbolic Power in the WTO (2012).