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Shaping Policy Agendas

The Micro-Politics of Economic International Organizations Edited by David Dolowitz, Professor, Department of Politics, University of Liverpool, UK, Magdaléna Hadjiisky, Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Romuald Normand, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Université de Strasbourg, France
This fascinating book investigates the strategic importance of the production and dissemination of expertise in the activities of the international organizations (IOs) that have come to symbolise the dominance of the Western political and economic order.
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This fascinating book investigates the strategic importance of the production and dissemination of expertise in the activities of the international organizations (IOs) that have come to symbolise the dominance of the Western political and economic order.

Analyzing IOs as semi-autonomous policy agenda shapers, chapters explore how they use economic frameworks to interpret the ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’ of wider, non-economic policy domains. Examining a diverse range of policy domains, such as education, global care chains, chemical safety and participatory development, this book illustrates the knowledge authority of IOs on a micro-political scale, revealing the routes and trajectories of international power.

Featuring contributions from experts in the field of agenda shaping and international politics, this book is critical reading for political scientists and researchers exploring the growing influence of IOs around the world. Policymakers will also benefit from its insights into the micro-politics of IO policy agendas.
Contributors include: D. Dolowitz, C. Fontdevila, E. Fouilleux, V. Gayon, S. Grek, M. Hadjiisky, R. Mahon, S. Maire, A. Martin, O. Nay, L.A. Pal, R. Normand, D. Stone, A. Verger
Contents:

Foreword
Leslie A. Pal

Introduction
David P. Dolowitz, Magdaléna Hadjiisky, and Romuald Normand

1. Diffusing Marketisation. Competition, Synergies and Repartition of Tasks in the Global Agri-food Policy Field
Eve Fouilleux

2. Neoliberalism and the ‘Think Tank Image’ Fallacy. A Sociological Exploration of Homologies of Structuration inside the OECD, EU and Governments
Vincent Gayon

3. Beyond the Standardisation vs. Contextualisation Debate: the Role of the OECD in European Education Governance
Sotiria Grek

4. Transnational Care Chains as Seen by the OECD, the World Bank the IOM
Riane Mahon

5. The Power of ‘Soft Skills’. The Role of the OECD in the Shaping of a New Cognitive Motive in the Global Agora of Education
Sarah Maire

6. The OECD’s Rules and Standards for the Testing and Assessment of Chemicals
Annie Martin

7. Ideas do not Circulate as Drifting Objects: Institutional Activists, Knowledge Battles and the Rise of Participatory Development at the World Bank
Olivier Nay

8. Walking the Washington Talk? An Analysis of the World Bank’s Policy-Practice Disjuncture in Education
Clara Fontdevila and Antoni Verger

Conclusion
David P. Dolowitz, Magdaléna Hadjiisky, and Romuald Normand

Epistocracy: An Afterword on Global Policy and ‘Rule by the Wise’.
Diane Stone

Index