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Fundamentals of World Organization

Fundamentals of World Organization

Werner Levi
Copyright Date: 1950
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 244
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    Fundamentals of World Organization
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    This book offers fresh insight into the possibility of one peaceful world. It stresses pragmatic realities; it does not rest on formulation of the ideal. Anti-democratic forces can be prevented from controlling the future course of world events only if plans are made now for a realistic world organization. The plans must be based on recognition and knowledge of all the problems involved. Dr. Levi’s approach to the broad subject of world organization is analytical, in contrast to most previous studies, which have been historical or descriptive. With the calm, dispassionate viewpoint of a social scientist, the author upsets such common fallacies as the belief that world tension is caused primarily by clashes of ideologies or that world public opinion is effective in shaping the foreign policies of nations.

    eISBN: 978-1-4529-3663-5
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Preface
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-2)
  4. The Anatomy of Organization
    (pp. 3-43)

    International organization refers to nations united for the achievement of a purpose, and to the institutions and methods they have created to assure the necessary collaboration. Sometimes such organization grows haphazardly, by trial and error. At other times it is consciously created, as with the League of Nations and the United Nations. When the blessings it confers are counted, there should be no doubt that the rational planning of organization is a most desirable enterprise. For through organization, the common life becomes possible.

    An organization provides a framework for social action. It integrates the unit into the whole and orders...

  5. The Organization of Politics
    (pp. 44-86)

    The preservation of peace has now become the main objective of world organization. All international activity and the structure of the United Nations and the Specialized Agencies are supposedly geared toward the fulfillment of that aim. The assumption that must logically underlie such organizations, namely, that the prerequisites for the preservation of peace are known, is of doubtful validity. Peace is a pattern of international relations resulting from the interplay of the unending processes of daily living among every people on earth. It cannot be established in a treaty, nor can it be obtained “by the signing of pacts or...

  6. The Organization of Economics
    (pp. 87-148)

    Economics is concerned with the satisfaction of human wants. In the present age, these wants can be satisfied only if goods and services can be obtained in various parts of the world. Global interdependence is therefore pronounced in the predominantly economic sphere of international relations. Economics should be an excellent field for international organization. In fact, the thesis has been defended that economic contacts between nations are the fundamental cause of the development of international law. To organize the world as one economic unit would appear to correspond best to the economic interdependence among nations. And this goal has been...

  7. The Organization of Social Welfare
    (pp. 149-164)

    Modern society, like modern man, is increasingly preoccupied with itself. Sickness may be responsible. More probably, advances in the technical and social sciences have provided the strongest impetus. They have created the manifold problems of mass society, but have also made possible their solution. They have changed a relatively stagnant society to a dynamic one, to the accompaniment of all the difficulties change involves. They have increased the importance of the individual while at the same time threatening his submergence in the mass. They have enabled the mass to appropriate claims voiced unsuccessfully by social reformers for centuries and to...

  8. The Organization of Cultural Affairs
    (pp. 165-197)

    People used to think that the human mind was beyond the reach of international action. Now, however, they have come to realize that its concrete political, economic, and social manifestations on the international scene are not the only thing that can be influenced; the mind itself can also be. Indeed, mankind is moving toward the opposite extreme in its growing opinion that control over mind is the key to peace or war. The cause of the split rending the world is widely believed to be the incompatibility of two ideologies, totalitarian communism and democracy. The fear is frequently expressed that...

  9. Planning for Organization
    (pp. 198-207)

    World organization is an application of the principle of planning. Planning is implied in any form of organization and has existed ever since man had to provide for his own future. Its novelty as understood in the contemporary sense lies in its comprehensiveness. As now discussed planning refers not only to a separate, detailed, singular aspect of a sector of social life but to the sector itself or even to the whole social life. Instead of dealing with a strategic factor in a system or situation, it now deals with the system or the situation as such.¹

    In its early...

  10. Notes
    (pp. 208-227)
  11. Index
    (pp. 228-233)