The six articles in this issue examine the role of the OECD in policy transfer. Two articles (Kudrle on international tax agreements, and Legrand and Vas on Australia's vocational and educational training policy) conclude that the OECD has been influential, albeit in a grinding and lengthy way. Two others (Clifton on the OECD's "enhanced engagement" policy with five G-20 countries, and Eccleston and Woodward on tax transparency) find the OECD's influence either patchier or even dysfunctional. Carroll's article provides a novel analysis of policy transfer through accession processes, while Alasuutari explores transfer in terms of a comparative analysis of policy rationalizations that refer to the OECD as a "standard." A common theme of all six articles is the way in which policy transfer is driven by exogenous pressures and crises, and how international governmental organizations like the OECD exploit these pressures to protect and expand their global relevance.

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Keywords accession, enhanced engagement, epistemic community, international governmental organizations, learning, Model Tax Treaty, OECD, peer review, policy transfer, tax transparency, vocational education and training, world polity
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Journal Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
Pal, L. (2014). Introduction: The OECD and Policy Transfer: Comparative Case Studies. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 16(3), 195–200. doi:10.1080/13876988.2014.910910