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

Eccleston, RG and Woodward, R 2013 , 'Pathologies in International Policy Transfer: The Case of the OECD Tax Transparency Initiative' , Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, vol. On-lin , doi:

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Eccleston, RG and Woodward, R
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
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