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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

2017.08.08 | Arts

A modernist in Geneva - Le Corbusier and the competition for the Palais des Nations

Marco Ninno (MA Student - Aarhus University)

2017.07.04 | Arts

“Utterly below Criticism” – Working Conditions in the Palais Wilson 1930

Karen Gram-Skjoldager (Associate Professor - Aarhus University)

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Latest News and Events

2017.01.10 | Events

Karen Gram-Skjoldager will be giving a talk at King’s College London on 9 February 2017

Karen Gram-Skjoldager will be giving a talk at King’s College London on 9 February 2017. All are welcome. Sign up here.

2016.11.08 | News type

Presentation of the "Invention of International Bureaucracy' project

Karen Gram-Skjoldager will be presenting the ideas and aims behind 'The Invention of Internation Bureaucracy' project  at Campus Emdrup, Aarhus University on 17 November 2016. The event is organized by The Danish Council for Independent Research in cooperation with Folkeuniversitetet/Danish University Extension, Aarhus. The event…

2016.09.29 | Events

New Diplomatic History Conference

The Invention of International Bureaucracy is co-hosting the second New Diplomatic History Conference.

2016.09.28 | Events

Presentation of the 'The Invention of International Bureaucracy' project

Karen Gram-Skjoldager will be presenting the ideas and aims behind 'The Invention of International Bureaucracy' project in Stakladen, Aarhus University on 12 October 2016. The event is organized by The Danish Council for Independent Research in cooperation with Folkeuniversitetet/Danish University Extension, Aarhus. The event is open to…

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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.