In this review essay, we describe the history, evolution and development of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and trace its role in global governance, drawing on Carroll and Kellow (2011) and Woodward (2009). Carroll and Kellow provide a detailed historical account of the changing global positioning and influence of the OECD in relation to political and economic developments over the past 50 years. Woodward provides a useful theoretical framework for understanding the role of the OECD in global governance today and its policy effects within its 34 member nations and also its non-member nations. While neither of these books deals in much detail with the role of the OECD in global educational governance and with the constitution of a global education policy field

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(Lingard and Rawolle 2011), we will extrapolate to considerations of the OECD’s education work in this respect.