IEA organization reflects autonomy, member consensus

As currently structured, the International Energy Agency is an autonomous body of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Until recently, IEA was housed on the same premises as OECD. It has recently moved to separate quarters, because OECD has an expanding membership and needed the space. Its powers of decision lie in the governing board, made up of officials holding positions of policy responsibility in the member governments. The board's decisions are made in practice by consensus, despite the existence of an elaborate system of formal voting rules. The IEA's voting rules are not entirely dominated by the traditional doctrine of sovereign equa...

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