Limited Mandates and Intertwined Problems: A New Challenge for the World Bank and the IMF

Daniel Bradlow, American University Washington College of Law
Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law


The sovereign states that participated in the establishment of the post-Second World War international order had a specific vision of how international organizations should function. This view was based on two premises. The first premise was that the sovereign state was the most significant actor in the international order. Consequently, only states could join and participate in the affairs of the new international organizations. Furthermore, international organizations were limited in their ability to interfere in the internal affairs of their member states.