The OECD and Economic Governance: Invisibility and Impotence?

Richard Woodward

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Chapter 3 sketches the OECD's role in economic governance, in particular the pursuit of its obligation to promote policies which maximize economic growth. While the OECD's work in the economic field evolves, its mechanisms of economic governance have barely altered. Richard Woodward argues that the OECD exerts 'subtle discipline' over the trajectory of economic governance through the use of its soft law mechanisms such as surveillance and peer review. These mechanisms can lead to convergence in national policies and, occasionally, outbreaks of international policy coordination. Ultimately, however, the proliferation of international mechanisms of governance and the internal politics of the OECD may be diluting its ability to shape the contours of international economic policy-making.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanisms of OECD Governance
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Incentives for National Policy-Making?
EditorsKerstin Martens, Anja P. Jakobi
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-1915-9460-1
ISBN (Print)978-0-1995-9114-5
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Economic and development review committee
  • Economic policy committee
  • Economy
  • Governance
  • Group of 7/8
  • OECD
  • Peer review
  • Soft law
  • Transgovernmentalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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