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2nd Edition

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

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ISBN 9781138494701
March 31, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is routinely heralded as one of the leading organs of global governance, yet it remains one of the least written about and least well understood of our major global institutions.

This fully revised and updated second edition builds a well-rounded understanding of this crucial, though often neglected, institution. A range of clearly written chapters chart the origins and evolution of the organization, present a framework for understanding it, set the OECD within the broader context of global governance, and evaluate its future prospects. This book suggests that to truly understand the OECD and its significance to global governance it is necessary to describe and analyze it as the entity it truly is: an international organization.

New to this edition:

  • Outlines the OECD’s origins and evolution, bringing its story fully up to date
  • Considers the ‘OECD way’ of working, including the peer review process
  • Examines competing views of the OECD’s influence over global governance
  • Evaluates the OECD reform and the organization’s future prospects

This concise introduction continues to be vital reading for all students of international relations, politics and world history and affairs.

Table of Contents


1 The OECD’s origins and early years: From reconstruction to renown

2 The OECD, 1984-present: from retrenchment to redemption?

3 Organization and functioning

4 The OECD and global governance: weathervane or weather maker?

5 Current issues

6 OECD reform

7 Conclusion, Into the sunset or out of the shadows? The future of the OECD

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Richard Woodward is Assistant Lecturer in Business at Technological University Dublin. He has written extensively on different facets of the OECD and its contribution to global governance. His other research interests include soft power, tax havens, and development in small states.