This book shows how the first institution of global governance was conceived and operated. It provides a new assessment of its architect, Eric Drummond, the first Secretary-General of the League of Nations, appointed a century ago. The authors conclude that he stands in the front rank of the 12 men who have occupied the post of Secretary-General of the League or its successor, the UN. Part 1 describes his character and leadership. His influence in shaping the International Civil Service, the 'beating heart' of the League, is the subject of Part 2, which also shows how the young staff he appointed responded with imagination and creativity to the political, economic and social problems that followed World War I. Part 3 shows the influence of these early origins on today's global organizations and the large scale absorption of League policies, programmes, practices and staff into the UN and its Specialized Agencies. Autorentext
David Macfadyen is Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, UK, and has worked at a senior level in the World Health Organization (WHO). His research interests include the History of Medicine, which he has studied at the University of Glasgow, UK.
Michael Davies is a former staff member of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter-American Development Bank. He is the author of International Organizations: A Companion and The Administration of International Organizations.
Marilyn Carr has worked for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the UN Development Fund for Women. She studied Development Economics at the University of Sussex, UK, and is the author of many books and articles on science, technology and women's economic empowerment.
John Burley was an economic adviser to the Government of Uganda before working for the UN, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP). He was a Director at the UN Conference for Trade and Development and has contributed to a number of published studies of the UN system.Inhalt
Charts and tables
Acronyms and abbreviations
Key political figures in Drummond's career
Prologue - Towards a Better world
Part I - A Great International Civil Servant
1. The life and character of Eric Drummond 1876-1951
3. After Geneva
Part II - Creating an Enduring International Civil Service
4. An International Secretariat appears on the World Stage
5. The International Secretariat and its ethos
6. La Haute Direction, impartial and partial officials
7. The Directors and the work of their sections
8. Drummond's commitment to universality
Part III - Legacies of the League
9. Transition to the new international order
10. The structural and practical legacy of an International Civil Service
11. Humanitarian and political legacies
12. Social, economic and technical legacies
13. Internationalism restored, starting anew
Epilogue - A centennial assessment of the 'Great Experiment'
Annex 1 Sir Eric Drummond's family tree
Annex 2 Milestones in the life and career of James Eric Drummond
Annex 3 World Events and the League of Nations time line 1914-46
Annex 4 Members and Specialists working for the Secretariat mentioned in the Chapters
Bibliography and list of sources