What Role for International Organizations in the Promotion of Community Interests? : Reflections on the ideology of Functionalism

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Klabbers , J A M 2018 , What Role for International Organizations in the Promotion of Community Interests? Reflections on the ideology of Functionalism . in E Benvenisti & G Nolte (eds) , Community Interests Across International Law . Oxford University Press , Oxford , pp. 86-100 . https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198825210.003.0006

Title: What Role for International Organizations in the Promotion of Community Interests? : Reflections on the ideology of Functionalism
Author: Klabbers, Johannes Antonius Maria
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Benvenisti, Eyal
Nolte, Georg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Community Interests Across International Law
ISBN: 9780198825210
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198825210.003.0006
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317199
Abstract: This chapter examines the role of international organizations in promoting community interests. It describes ways in which international organizations contribute to formulating, maintaining, and enhancing community interests. Organizations can contribute to the community interest by serving as a platform for its formulation; through coercion of member states or others; by developing ideas and consensus concerning the community interest; and by relying on the ideology of functionalism. The notion of community interest does not exist in isolation from particular projects, and by definition assumes someone pouring meaning into it. Although this might seem a bad thing, it is not necessarily so. The term ideology is best seen as a methodological device for exposing aspects of reality that otherwise would remain hidden. The point is to recognize international organizations for what they are: Someone’s political project, dressed up in terms of the community interest and operated by the ideology of functionalist thought.
Subject: 513 Law
International Law
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