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Transgovernmental processes in the League of Nations


  • Dubin, Martin David


International relations specialists who have been examining transgovernmental processes in the contemporary international system may be surprised to learn that at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 conscious efforts were made to organize the League of Nations along transgovernmental lines. Key British and French officials, most notably Sir James Arthur Salter and Jean Monnet, supported by Americans involved in implementing the Covenant, hoped to employ both the Secretariat and the organs designed for functionally specific cooperation to bring officials of national social and economic ministries into direct contact with one another, without the intermediation of their respective foreign ministries. While these officials only partially realized their objectives, sections of the League's Secretariat, an elaborate system of expert committees, and the League of Nations Assembly did provide transgovernmental linkages during the interwar period.

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  • Dubin, Martin David, 1983. "Transgovernmental processes in the League of Nations," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 37(03), pages 469-493, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:intorg:v:37:y:1983:i:03:p:469-493_03

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