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Exploring the impact of international civil servants: the case of the OECD


Kellow, AJ and Carroll, PGH, Exploring the impact of international civil servants: the case of the OECD, International Journal of Public Administration, 36, (7) pp. 482-491. ISSN 0190-0692 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01900692.2013.772635


International civil servants, while long neglected, have recently received renewed attention, focusing especially on the their capacity to influence outcomes in international organizations. Xu and Weller, writing in the context of the WTO, suggested that the capacity of the international civil service to achieve designated objectives is affected by both the formal institutional conditions of the organization and the informal opportunities they develop. The Xu and Weller findings raise the question as to whether their model holds in other international organizations, and in this article we explore these issues in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. We find that, while the significance of the factors they discuss is confirmed, the expertise of the Secretariat in the OECD is an important factor at the base of its influence, confirming a similar account of the World Bank.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:international civil servants, influence and impact
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kellow, AJ (Professor Aynsley Kellow)
UTAS Author:Carroll, PGH (Professor Peter Carroll)
ID Code:87753
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Accounting and Corporate Governance
Deposited On:2013-12-04
Last Modified:2017-11-27

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