The OECD and "The Rest": On the limits of policy transfer

Prompted by the rise of the emerging economies and the growing importance of the 5 G20, the OECD has formally announced its intention of establishing itself as a key actor in global policy coordination. As part of this ambition, it has embarked on cultivating closer relations with five G20 countries it designated as key partners through the so-called “Enhanced Engagement” programme: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. This article mobilizes concepts from the policy transfer literature to explain why the OECD’s attempts to increasingly involve all five 10 countries in its policy have fallen short of its original ambitions, and also why the transfer of its policy work has been uneven across policy and country issue.




Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
University of Cantabria
39005 Cantabria



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