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Multilateral skuldavskrivning - på vems villkor? En normativ studie av Heavily Indebted Poor Countries-initiativet

Stenberg, Lisen LU (2010) STVK01 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This paper investigates and discusses the normative question of whether debt relief mechanisms should be conditional or not. The aim is to contribute to the overall normative discussion about how the international system should be organized. The object of analysis is the conditional Heavily Indebted Poor Countries-initiative (HIPC), which is a program for debt relief for the poorest and most indebted countries, created jointly by the World Bank and the IMF in 1996. Using the normative logic of Immanuel Kant and his categorical imperative and the normative values of equality and sovereignty, respectively, the paper shows that the suitability of conditions in debt relief mechanisms depends on which of the two values is prioritized. The... (More)
This paper investigates and discusses the normative question of whether debt relief mechanisms should be conditional or not. The aim is to contribute to the overall normative discussion about how the international system should be organized. The object of analysis is the conditional Heavily Indebted Poor Countries-initiative (HIPC), which is a program for debt relief for the poorest and most indebted countries, created jointly by the World Bank and the IMF in 1996. Using the normative logic of Immanuel Kant and his categorical imperative and the normative values of equality and sovereignty, respectively, the paper shows that the suitability of conditions in debt relief mechanisms depends on which of the two values is prioritized. The results suggest that the HIPC-initiative largely follows the liberal, democratic value of equality while the value of sovereignty is neglected and not compatible with the program when it is in progress in an indebted low-income country. The question of how the international system should be organized can be approached depending on whether one thinks that this kind of conflict of values constitutes a problem or not. (Less)
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Stenberg, Lisen LU
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STVK01 20101
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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skuldavskrivning, Världsbanken, IMF, standardcivilisation, Rawls, suveränitet, jämlikhet, villkorlighet, normativ analys
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Swedish
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1608207
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2010-06-29 16:50:08
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  abstract     = {This paper investigates and discusses the normative question of whether debt relief mechanisms should be conditional or not. The aim is to contribute to the overall normative discussion about how the international system should be organized. The object of analysis is the conditional Heavily Indebted Poor Countries-initiative (HIPC), which is a program for debt relief for the poorest and most indebted countries, created jointly by the World Bank and the IMF in 1996. Using the normative logic of Immanuel Kant and his categorical imperative and the normative values of equality and sovereignty, respectively, the paper shows that the suitability of conditions in debt relief mechanisms depends on which of the two values is prioritized. The results suggest that the HIPC-initiative largely follows the liberal, democratic value of equality while the value of sovereignty is neglected and not compatible with the program when it is in progress in an indebted low-income country. The question of how the international system should be organized can be approached depending on whether one thinks that this kind of conflict of values constitutes a problem or not.},
  author       = {Stenberg, Lisen},
  keyword      = {skuldavskrivning,Världsbanken,IMF,standardcivilisation,Rawls,suveränitet,jämlikhet,villkorlighet,normativ analys},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Multilateral skuldavskrivning - på vems villkor? En normativ studie av Heavily Indebted Poor Countries-initiativet},
  year         = {2010},
}