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OECD at 50

The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011 and this remarkable book pays tribute to the work it has carried out since its foundation in 1961. Originally set up as the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), it was formed in 1948 to administer American and Canadian aid in the framework of the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II.

Following the 1957 Rome Treaties to launch the European Economic Community, the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was drawn up to reform the OEEC. The convention was signed in December 1960 and the OECD officially superseded the OEEC in September the following year.

The OECD at 50: Better Policies for Better Lives takes in the highlights of each decade, spanning the early years of the organisation, from a shift in the emphasis of economic policy in the 1970s, to the different challenges of the 1980s and the changing global context of the 1990s, all the way to the institutional innovation of the new millennium.

Featuring articles from Nobuo Tanaka of the International Energy Agency, Juan Somavía of the International Labour Organisation and Donald Kaberuka of the African Development Bank, this commemorative publication also looks ahead to strategies for dealing with the way forward over the OECD’s next 50 years of existence.