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Pathologies in International Policy Transfer: The Case of the OECD Tax Transparency Initiative

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Eccleston, RG and Woodward, R, Pathologies in International Policy Transfer: The Case of the OECD Tax Transparency Initiative, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 16, (3) pp. 216-229. ISSN 1572-5448 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13876988.2013.854446

Abstract

The importance of international organizations to the development and diffusion of international policy norms is widely recognized but is increasingly tempered by an appreciation of the pathologies of policy transfer. Using a case study of the OECD’s campaign to promote transparency in global tax affairs, this paper identifies a new and relatively distinctive form of dysfunctional policy transfer. Specifically it argues that international organizations face bureaucratic incentives to promote weak or lowest common denominator standards in order to maximize their prospects of brokering successful international agreements. However the paper also notes that while international organizations may have a short-term interest in promoting weak standards, their longer-term legitimacy is often tied to the effectiveness of the standards they promote. It is argued that this dynamic often leads to incremental policy change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Public Policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International Relations
Objective Field:International Organisations
Author:Eccleston, RG (Professor Richard Eccleston)
ID Code:87416
Year Published:2014 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-11-15
Last Modified:2017-11-27
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