1st Edition

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

By Richard Woodward Copyright 2009
    176 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is one of the least written about and least understood of our major global institutions. This new book builds a well-rounded understanding of this crucial, though often neglected, institution, with a range of clearly written chapters that:


      • outline its origins and evolution, bringing its story fully up-to-date
      • present a clear framework for understanding the OECD
      • set the institution within the broader context of global governance
      • outline key criticisms and debates
      • evaluate its future prospects.

    Given the immense challenges facing humanity at the start of the 21st century, the need for the OECD as a venue where the world’s leading states can discuss, on an informal and ongoing basis, the conundrums of globalization has never been greater. The clarity and rigour of these chapters cut through the layers of misunderstanding and misconception that surround the OECD, often dismissed as a ‘rich-man’s club’, ‘a think-tank’ and ‘a consultative forum’. This new book dismantles these labels to provide a holistic understanding of the organization.

    This concise and accessible introduction is essential reading for all students of international relations, politics and world history and affairs.

    Introduction  1. Origin and Evolution  2. Organization and Functioning  3. A Framework for Understanding  4. Current Issues  5. OECD Reform  6. The Future of the OECD


    Richard Woodward is a Lecturer in political economy in the Department of Politics, University of Hull, UK.

    'A valuable survey and analysis of an international organisation long-neglected by academics; Richard Woodward’s book on the OECD makes a major contribution to our understanding of global governance.'Stephen McBride, Director, Centre for Global Political Economy, Simon Fraser University, USA

    'Many have lamented the absence of a comprehensive study of the OECD. Richard Woodward has acted to correct that situation, and he has done it very well. Here is a synoptic single-authored treatment of this extraordinarily influential organization based on careful scholarship and a determination to be fair.'Robert T. Kudrle, University of Minnesota, USA

    'This is a much needed text about the OECD, an astonishingly under-researched organization that represents an important piece in the mosaic of current global governance… a highly accessible book for students and scholars of international organizations.' - Anja P. Jakobi, University of Bremen, Germany

    "Summing Up: Recommended.  All readership levels." - F. L. Mokhtari, CHOICE (February 2010)