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The Invention of International Bureaucracy

  • The League of Nations and the Creation of International Public Administration, c. 1920-1960

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Over the last 100 years, the international political scene has become increasingly organized. More than 5000 international organisations now regulate global and regional political, economic and technical affairs. As a consequence international bureaucracy, i.e. international executive bodies that function autonomously from nation states and deal with international affairs, has become an important and increasingly contested feature of world politics.

Even so, the history of these non-elected executive bodies is underresearched. This project aims to shine a light on the roots of international bureaucracy and its particular institutional and socio-cultural characteristics by exploring the principles, practices and formative effects of the League of Nations Secretariat.  With theoretical inspiration from political sociology and based on extensive multiarchival research, the project will explore the institutional norms and practices of the League Secretariat and investigate its exchanges and connections with national diplomatic and bureaucratic structures, internationalist networks and institutions and subsequent international bureaucracies of the 20th century. 

Blog

2018.02.28 | Arts

Murder, Intrigue, Sex and Internationalism - Novels about the League of Nations

Benjamin Auberer (PhD student - Heidelberg University)

2018.01.22 | Arts

‘A fuller knowledge of the facts’ - the League of Nations’ endeavours to produce international expertise

Quincy R. Cloet (PhD Student - Aberystwyth University)

2018.01.02 | Arts

Film-splaining the League of Nations

Helle Strandgaard Jensen (Associate Professor - Aarhus University) and Nikolai Schulz (Head of BUSTER School and Family Programme - CPH PIX)

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Latest News and Events

2017.12.19 | Lecture / talk

Karen Gram-Skjoldager and Haakon A. Ikonomou founding members of the editorial board of Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society (Brill)

After co-arranging the New Diplomatic History conference in Copenhagen in 2016, Karen Gram-Skjoldager and Haakon A. Ikonomou (Book Review Editor) join the editorial board of a brand new journal: Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society (Brill). The journal is published in cooperation with the New Diplomatic…

2017.09.29 | Lecture / talk

Inside International Bureaucracy. Career Trajectories in the League of Nations Secretariat

On 31 October Torsten Kahlert will be giving the talk: “Inside International Bureaucracy. Career Trajectories in the League of Nations Secretariat” at a colloquium  organized by Professor Madeleine Herren at the University of Basel.

2017.05.04 | Conference

Conceptualising the League of Nations’ International Civil Service: An Adventurous Journey

(01.09.2017) Paper presentation by Karen Gram-Skjoldager

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Director of Research

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  • The Research programme at the Department of History and Classical Studies

Funding

The project is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research Sapere Aude.