The OECD's Global Role: Agenda‐setting and Policy Diffusion

Morten Ougaard

in Mechanisms of OECD Governance

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199591145
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594601 | DOI:
The OECD's Global Role: Agenda‐setting and Policy Diffusion

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Chapter 2 analyzes the OECD's roles in global governance. The organization is a network of trans‐governmental networks linking government bureaucracies in member and (increasingly also) non‐member states, emerging economies in particular. Its institutional advantages are its broad and select member‐ship, and its ability to work with practically all policy areas. In a highly variable and flexible in‐stitutional geometry, the OECD is the site for a range of governance activities pertaining to agenda setting, soft harmonization of national policies across multiple policy areas, and hard regulation in the form of conventions and other instruments where the OECD represents a forum for inter‐state decision making as well as policy implementation. Morten Ougaard argues that the OECD facilitates the development of joint responses to common challenges and consensus on broad contours of strategic direction setting in macro‐economic and other policy areas. It is a forum and force for soft and gradual political integration among members.

Keywords: agenda setting; emerging economies; global governance; harmonization; macroeconomic policy; non‐member states; strategic direction setting; trans‐governmental networks

Chapter.  8469 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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