prosperity is known as functionalism, even if in his writings he does not use this term. David Mitrany gets to propose a new international order, based on the. PDF | On Mar 15, , Mihai Alexandrescu and others published David Mitrany: From Federalism to Functionalism. Although an intellectual of Romanian extraction, so far David Mitrany has been largely ignored by our historiography. In the context of the new.

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Functionalism is a theory of international relations that arose during the inter-War period principally from the strong concern about the obsolescence of the State as a form of social organization.

Rather than the self-interest of nation-states that realists see as a motivating factor, functionalists focus on common interests and needs shared by states dsvid also by non-state actors in a process of global integration triggered by the erosion of state sovereignty and the increasing weight of knowledge and hence of scientists and experts in the process of policy-making Rosamond, Functionalism is a pioneer in globalisation theory and strategy. States had built authority structures upon a principle of territorialism.

State-theories were built upon assumptions that identified the scope of authority with territory HeldScholte: Functionalism proposed to build a form of authority based in functions and needs, which linked authority with needs, scientific knowledge, expertise and technology, i.

The functionalist approach excludes and refutes the idea of state power and political influence realist approach in interpreting the cause for such proliferation of international organizations during the inter-war which was characterized by nation-state conflict and the subsequent years.

According to functionalism, international integration — the collective governance and ‘material interdependence’ Mitrany, International agencies would meet human needs, aided by knowledge and expertise. The benefits rendered by the functional agencies would attract the loyalty of the populations and stimulate their participation and expand the area of integration. There are strong assumptions underpinning functionalism: Neofunctionalism reintroduced territorialism in the functional theory and downplayed its global dimension.


Neofunctionalism dsvid simultaneously a theory and a strategy of regional integrationbuilding on the work of David Mitrany. Neofunctionalists focused their attention solely on the immediate process of integration mitrqny states, i. Initially, states integrate in limited functional or economic areas.

Thereafter, partially integrated states experience increasing momentum for further rounds of integration in related areas. This ” invisible hand ” of integration phenomenon was termed imtrany. This was most apparent in the study of euthanasia. Although integration can be resisted, it becomes harder to stop integration’s reach as it progresses. According to neofunctionalists, there are two kinds of spillover: Functional spillover is the interconnection of various economic sectors or issue-areas, and the integration in one policy-area spilling over into others.

Political spillover is the creation of supranational governance models, as far-reaching ufnctionalism the European Unionor as voluntary as the United Nations. One of its protagonists was Ernst B. Haasa US political scientist. Jean Monnet ‘s approach to European integration, which aimed at integrating individual sectors in hopes of achieving spill-over effects to further the process of integration, is said to have followed the neofunctional school’s functtionalism.

Unlike previous theories of integration, neofunctionalism declared to be non-normative and tried to describe and explain the process of regional integration based on empirical data. Integration was regarded as an inevitable process, rather than a desirable state of affairs that could be introduced davkd the political or technocratic elites of the involved states’ societies.

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Its strength however was also its weakness: While it understood that regional integration is only feasible as an incremental process, its conception of integration as a linear process made the explanation of setbacks impossible. John McCormick compares functionalism’s fundamental principles with realism’s thus comments added to emphasise key distinctions: The objective of functionalism towards global peace is achieved through functional cooperation by the work of international organizations including intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.


The activities of functional international organizations involve taking actions on practical and technical problems rather than those of military and political nature. They are also non-controversial politically and involve a common interest to solve international problems that could best be tackled in a transnational manner.

In practice, dealing with functional matters does not nessarily and always facilitate cooperation. Its simplified assumption overlooks different causes of state conflict.


The proliferation of functional international organizations has occurred without adequate reorganization and coordination efforts due to a lack of central global governance to ensure accountability of such organizations. Substantive functions of ravid international organizations include human rights, international communication, health, the law of the sea, the environment, education and information, international relief programs, refugee support, and economic development.

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Other approaches International ethics Historical sociology Regime theory State cartel theory Geopolitics. Initial emphasis on low politicssuch as economic and social issues.

Substantial; new, functional international organizations will formulate policy and become increasingly responsible for implementation.