David Mitrany: From Federalism to Functionalism
TRANSYLVANIAN REVIEW VOL. XVI, NO. 1 (SPRING 2007)
14 Pages Posted: 6 May 2016
Date Written: March 8, 2007
Although an intellectual of Romanian extraction, so far David Mitrany has been largely ignored by our historiography. In the context of the new European identity of our country, it becomes even more relevant to consider the example of a thinker who quite early in this century devoted his efforts to the possible avenues of continental development. The present article discusses the main features of the theory supported and further developed by Mitrany, the so-called functionalist approach, which emerged around the middle of the century as an alternative to the federalist designs for a future international system. Mitranys early adversity to any form of regionalization becomes particularly relevant at a time when the European Union is faced with difficult choices concerning its own future.
Keywords: functionalism, federalism, international government, European integration
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