Understanding non-governmental organizations in world politics: the promise and pitfalls of the early ‘science of internationalism’

Davies, T. R. (2016). Understanding non-governmental organizations in world politics: the promise and pitfalls of the early ‘science of internationalism’. European Journal of International Relations, doi: 10.1177/1354066116679243

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Abstract

The years immediately preceding the First World War witnessed the development of a significant body of literature claiming to establish a ‘science of internationalism’. This article draws attention to the importance of this literature, especially in relation to understanding the roles of non-governmental organizations in world politics. It elaborates the ways in which this literature sheds light on issues that have become central to twenty-first century debates, including the characteristics, influence, and legitimacy of non-governmental organizations in international relations. Amongst the principal authors discussed in the article are Paul Otlet, Henri La Fontaine and Alfred Fried, whose role in the development of international theory has previously received insufficient attention. The article concludes with evaluation of potential lessons to be drawn from the experience of the early twentieth century ‘science of internationalism’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: internationalism, non-governmental organizations, global governance, world government
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15485

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