Rev Int Organ (2017) 12:485–489 DOI 10.1007/s11558-016-9266-8 BOOK REVIEW Ruth Ben-Artzi. 2016. Regional development banks in comparison: Banking strategies versus development goals (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press) Christopher Humphrey Published online: 3 January 2017 # Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have been an object of particular—verging on obsessive—interest for scholars of international political economy. There is something about this variety of international organization that is positively catnip for a select sub- set of academics, yours truly most definitely included. As such it was with considerable excitement that I opened the cover of Regional Development Banks in Comparison: Banking Strategies versus Development Goals by Ruth Ben-Artzi. The title alone suggests that the book can help fill two sizeable gaps in the existing literature on MDBs. First, the vast majority of academic work has focused mainly on the World Bank, despite the fact that around 20 MDBs exist in the world today, some of which lend more than the World Bank in their countries of operation and one (the European Investment Bank) that substantially larger than the World Bank. A growing number of scholars have in recent years begun turning their attention to these other
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