OECD membership crowned Japan’s efforts to reintegrate into the international community after the Second World War, while helping to turn the organisation into a global, rather than European, player. But the country’s accession had to be managed with great care, reflecting tensions of the time.
Japan and the OECD have worked hard to get to know each other over the last 50 years.
The political landscape of global governance is changing profoundly. This is posing great challenges to policy makers and organisations such as the OECD.
The OECD’s capacity for change, inspired more by professional pathfinding than by politics, has transformed it into a multi-disciplinary policy innovator that can continue to build signposts for the future.
The OECD has transformed itself into a policy pathleader on a whole range of public policies–national, regional and local–with the avowed aim of promoting human progress. But is the new OECD a child or a prisoner of its past?
It would be easy to think that the organisation created in 1961 was the inevitable next stage in the evolution of the OEEC, the European body originally set up to administer the Marshall Plan in 1947. But the OECD did not simply "replace" the OEEC. Nor was its creation inevitable or easy.
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