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Woodward, R. (2006) ‘Age Concern: The Future of the OECD’, World Today, vol. 62, 8-9, pp. 38-39


‘Life’, so the adage has it, ‘begins at 40’. But, as American journalist Helen Rowland wryly observed, ‘so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times’. Such a sentiment should resonate within the Parisian corridors of the Organisation for Cooperation and Development (OECD) which celebrates its 45th anniversary on 30 September. Rival institutional developments, evolving geo-political realities, hostility from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the absence of a precisely defined mission statement have marred the OECD’s fifth decade and left the organisation struggling to justify its place in the architecture of global governance. Ironically when the organisation and many of its member states are advocating longer working lives to forestall a looming pension’s crisis, the OECD is being touted in some quarters as a candidate for early retirement.



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