In the early days of my PhD, I was blessed to be able to conduct some research work for my supervisor. The end result is this special issue in the International Political Economy (IPE) journal, New Political Economy Seeing like an IO. Edited by Dr. Andre Broome and Professor Leonard Seabrooke, it covers how International Organisations (IOs) see the tasks they was set to do and how they go about performing their role (read the introductory article for more details)
It’s based on John C. Scott’s 1998 book, Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. Constructivism is the main theoretical framework throughout (though other approaches are taken). The IOs covered are the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Bank for International Settlement (BIS). The contributors to this special issue are relatively well-known IPE academics: Jason C. Sherman, Antje Vetterlein, Manuela Moschella, Jens L. Mortensen and Kevin Ozgercin. My favourite article (and this is biased since the article centred on an IO that I’ve been engaged with throughout my academic life) is Vetterlein’s “Seeing like the World Bank on Poverty”.
So if you have institutional access, please read or even download the articles. If you don’t I really do suggest you spend some money (it will help contribute to the academic’s income!) buying one or all articles and get a further insight into IPE and IOs.