The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) plays an almost unique role in international governance, having status of being part think-tank, and part arena in which international negotiations can be advanced among parties which have many characteristics in common. While it is not seen primarily as the source of international agreements, it can make binding decisions, and this and other characteristics provide some value. Nevertheless, its place in the international architecture is under challenge as it expands and as other developments (such as the development of the European Union) give rise to challenges and issues.
There have been very few studies of the OECD and this project seeks to remedy this lack of attention by focusing on the OECD at a time when it is undergoing reform in the face of challenges, with a particular focus on Australias interactions with it.
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences
16 August, 2011