Shaping Policy Agendas
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Shaping Policy Agendas

The Micro-Politics of Economic International Organizations

Edited by David Dolowitz, Magdaléna Hadjiisky and Romuald Normand

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 symbolize the dominance of the Western political and economic order.
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Chapter 10: Conclusion

David Dolowitz, Magdaléna Hadjiisky and Romuald Normand


In an increasingly globalized world, the importance and power of international organizations is on the rise. As part of this, the contributors to this volume demonstrated through a range of policies running from education to definitions of what has to be considered as ‘scientific’ that while ‘soft coercion’ is involved in the transfer of policies and programmes from an international organization (IO) to a recipient system, just as often, an IO’s influence is associated with a more subtle form of power, almost neo-Gramscian in nature, involving the production and diffusion of ideas about ‘common’ and ‘shared problems’ and subsequently developing (co-developing) and spreading what become accepted as appropriate or shared ‘solutions’ to these problems. In this process, economic IOs are crucial actors, who often utilize subtle means and processes to gain influence in the shaping of policies. These are often overlooked by studies that underestimate the significance of the micro-processes occurring within and between IOs and their ‘ecosystem’.

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