Speaking truth to power

Reflections on the future of the OECD

The OECD has transformed itself into a policy pathleader on a whole range of public policies–national, regional and local–with the avowed aim of promoting human progress. But is the new OECD a child or a prisoner of its past?

To answer this, one must understand the institutional alchemy that has enabled the OECD to reinvent itself as the global problematique has changed. After five years of research, Carroll and Kellow have hit the nail on the head. The defining character of the OECD, they say, is the deep involvement of the committees of national delegates in the search for “truth”.

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