Good Governance, Neoliberalism, Inequality within International Organizations Discourse: a Critical Approach Lidia Lo Schiavo and Pierre Vercauteren
Lidia Lo Schiavo, Pierre Vercauteren

The analytical and critical investigation of the concept of good governance is the topic of this paper. The main lines of inquiry singled out here regard the theoretical analysis of the concept, the exploration of its semantics and evolution within the discourse of the main international political economic institutions (i.e. the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, along with the OECD and the UN as forums of discussion, specialized agencies and, above all, as policy-makers). The concept’s normative principles and empirical consequences are also assessed, and we critically deconstruct its ideological connotations. The last part of this essay focuses on a critique of the concept, considered as a key tool in the neoliberal consensus according to some scholars, and we evaluate the potential opening of a window of opportunity triggered by the entry of the concept of inequality within this discourse for the paradigm shift away from hegemonic neoliberal consensus.

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