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Thriving in Complexity? The OECD System’s Role in Energy and Taxation

Thriving in Complexity? The OECD System’s Role in Energy and Taxation Global Governance 19 (2013), 83–92 Thriving in Complexity? The OECD System’s Role in Energy and Taxation Dries Lesage and Thijs Van de Graaf The purpose of this article is to reveal how two organizations from the OECD system—the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develop- ment and the International Energy Agency—are maneuvering strategically to retain their focal places in the regime complexes that developed around taxation and energy, respectively. It argues that their bid for leadership and centralization is built on the comparative advantages they enjoy as in- stitutions; namely, their historically accumulated expertise and distinct working methods, their close ties with the Group of 8, and their rapidly developing relationships with emerging powers. Notwithstanding these institutional assets, a revision of the OECD’s membership could further ce- ment and legitimize the central role of the OECD system in these regime complexes. KEYWORDS: regime complex, taxation, energy, OECD, IEA. TODAY IT IS FASHIONABLE TO PORTRAY THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC Co-operation and Development (OECD) as an agency in crisis. There is no denying that, in a world where the geopolitical point of gravity is gradu- ally shifting to the East, the OECD’s exclusive Western membership looks increasingly anachronistic. Without the emerging powers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Thriving in Complexity? The OECD System’s Role in Energy and Taxation

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-01901007
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Abstract

Global Governance 19 (2013), 83–92 Thriving in Complexity? The OECD System’s Role in Energy and Taxation Dries Lesage and Thijs Van de Graaf The purpose of this article is to reveal how two organizations from the OECD system—the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develop- ment and the International Energy Agency—are maneuvering strategically to retain their focal places in the regime complexes that developed around taxation and energy, respectively. It argues that their bid for leadership and centralization is built on the comparative advantages they enjoy as in- stitutions; namely, their historically accumulated expertise and distinct working methods, their close ties with the Group of 8, and their rapidly developing relationships with emerging powers. Notwithstanding these institutional assets, a revision of the OECD’s membership could further ce- ment and legitimize the central role of the OECD system in these regime complexes. KEYWORDS: regime complex, taxation, energy, OECD, IEA. TODAY IT IS FASHIONABLE TO PORTRAY THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC Co-operation and Development (OECD) as an agency in crisis. There is no denying that, in a world where the geopolitical point of gravity is gradu- ally shifting to the East, the OECD’s exclusive Western membership looks increasingly anachronistic. Without the emerging powers

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2013

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