International Regulatory Co-operation

The Role of International Organisations in Fostering Better Rules of Globalisation

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Borders are becoming increasingly porous, with growing flows of goods, services, people and capital. Governments, more than ever, need to co-ordinate their efforts to develop global standards to address climate change, as well as crises related to finance, health, environment and migration; secure peace; and ensure sustainable economic prosperity and social inclusion. International organisations play a key role in fostering multilateral action and addressing the fragmentation that may undermine effective domestic action. To shed greater light on international standard setting, this unique report collects, compares and assesses the practices of 50 international organisations on their governance arrangements, operational modalities, use of quality management disciplines and co-operation efforts. It analyses different types of organisations – inter-governmental, supra-national, trans-governmental and private – and identifies avenues for making their action more effective, inclusive and relevant.




How do international organisations ensure the quality of their rule-making process?

International organisations have, over the years, developed processes and practices to support the quality of their rule-making. However, systematic evidence on the use of different regulatory quality disciplines in international rule-making is lacking. In order to fill this information gap, the 2015 OECD Survey of International Organisations has collected information on the stakeholder engagement and evaluation practices of international organisations. This chapter provides an overview of the extent to which surveyed international organisations engage stakeholders and carry some forms of ex ante or ex post evaluation of the norms and standards that they develop.


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