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The managerialism of neoliberal global governance

The case of the OECD
ByChandana Alawattage, Manal Elshihry

This chapter explains the work of Rose and Miller who discussed the implications of "governing by numbers". It extends an analysis of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) discourse into neoliberal global governance, which is the realm of "government of the governments", where governments and nation-states themselves become the object of governance to form a population of governments. Neoliberal technocracy at the level of global governance means constructing: a global biopolitical space within which individual states are located; and a regime of anatomico-politics for individual states so that they can be "disciplined" through a particular set of disciplinary technologies and programs. The OECD's core value statement exemplifies the way in which neoliberal market logic has been incorporated into its political rationale and processes. OECD constructs a textual utopia around its recommendations, while simultaneously constructing a dystopia of alternatives: the utopia of new public management (NPM) and public governance, for example, versus the dystopia of old bureaucratic public administration methods.