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.




The governance and operational modalitiesof international organisations

International organisations are organised in different ways to deliver on their normative activities and, more generally, on their contribution to regulatory co-operation. There are differences in their governance arrangements and in their operational modalities. Past decades have seen the emergence of new forms of international platforms - such as the trans-governmental networks of regulators. This chapter analyses the variety in the governance and operational modalities of international organisations based on the answers to the 2015 OECD Survey of International Organisations. It provides an overview of membership, governance structure, decision making processes, legal and policy instruments and budget and staff of international organisations.


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