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

Abstract

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. Mitrany’s 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

Suggested Citation

Alexandrescu, Mihai, David Mitrany: From Federalism to Functionalism (March 8, 2007). TRANSYLVANIAN REVIEW • VOL. XVI, NO. 1 (SPRING 2007), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2775465

Mihai Alexandrescu (Contact Author)

Babes-Bolyai University ( email )

1 Mihail Kogălniceanu street
Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca, Cluj 400084
Romania

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