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Administrative Culture(s) of International Organizations

Culture(s) administrative(s) des organisations internationales

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Published on Tuesday, August 03, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

International Organizations (IOs) have proliferated in the 19th and 20th centuries and spread across the globe in their various forms from intergovernmental, financial to non-governmental organizations. Far from being understood as composites of national administrative cultures, IOs themselves constitute the object and product of knowledge transfers and cooperation (as well as conflict) as organizations staffed by actors trained and experienced in different legal systems, administrative decision-making processes, writing and filing routines, and hierarchical structures. Following an interdisciplinary, transepochal and transnational approach, we invite contributions dealing with administrative culture(s) of international organizations in order to better understand their functioning.

Announcement

Argument

ADMINISTORY is an Open Access online journal on the history of state and administration. Volume 7 is dedicated to the topic “Administrative Culture(s) of International Organizations”.

International Organizations (IOs) have proliferated in the 19th and 20th centuries and spread across the globe in their various forms from intergovernmental, financial to non-governmental organizations. They have received considerable attention in recent years as conveyors of internationalism, as a specific model of multilateral conflict resolution, as sites of diplomatic, economic, and military cooperation and contestation and as platforms for the circulation of knowledge, models and practices of governance between nation states.

However, this has overshadowed that IOs themselves constituted the object and product of knowledge transfers and cooperation (as well as conflict) as organizations staffed by actors trained and experienced in different legal systems, administrative decision-making processes, writing and filing routines, and hierarchical structures. IOs, therefore, faced the challenge to establish an administrative apparatus that could integrate or supersede different administrative practices.

IOs can, however, not be understood as composites of national administrative cultures resulting from a unidirectional knowledge transfer from national to international administration. Instead, the administrative internationalisms of IOs provide the opportunity to go beyond such methodological nationalism and investigate the role of subnational administrative bodies, specific branches as well as individual actors. Taking IOs’ role in the circulation of knowledge seriously also means to ask not only how IOs contributed to the dissemination of new administrative models and practices but also whether and when they adopted them for their own administrative bodies.

We invite contributions on

  • intergovernmental (e.g. League of Nations, United Nations, Organization of African Unity/African Union), supranational (e.g. the EU and its predecessors), economic or financial (e.g. the COMECON, the IMF, World Bank) and internationally operating non-governmental organizations (e.g. Amnesty International, Greenpeace);
  • processes of change, continuities and ruptures in organizational culture during the 19th and 20th centuries, which were closely related to changes in the organizations’ political, social, and cultural environment.

We particularly invite contributions that go beyond the ‘Global North’ and examine the role of actors from or IOs established in the ‘Global South’.

Journal presentation

ADMINISTORY sees itself as a platform to publish and discuss cutting-edge research on the history of administration. The journal, which appears once a year with double blind peer-review procedures, is interdisciplinary, transepochal and transnational as well as methodologically open. ADMINISTORY thus establishes itself as an interface between historical-cultural research and the debates on state and administration in the social sciences, law and political sciences. Contributions are published in German or English.

Submission guidelines

The issue will be edited in collaboration with Madeleine Herren-Oesch. If you would like to propose an article for this volume, please submit an abstract (max. 2,500 characters) including a title and a short CV to thomas.rohringer@lmu.de

by 15 October 2021.

The selected authors will be notified in November; the deadline for submission of articles (max. 10,000 words, including footnotes) is 28 February 2022, an online authors’ workshop is planned at the beginning of March 2022.

Subsequently, the contributions will be reviewed in a double-blind peer-review process which will decide whether the texts are accepted for publication. Publication date for accepted texts is end of 2022.

Editor-in-Chief

Peter Becker, University of Vienna, Austria

Deputy Editor : Stefan Nellen, Swiss Federal Archives, Switzerland

Managing Editors

  • Julia Bavouzet, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Thomas Rohringer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Arndt Brendecke, University of Munich, Germany
  • John Deak, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Caroline Dufour, York University, Canada
  • Stefan Fisch, German University of Public Administration, Germany
  • Elisabeth Gruber, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Waltraud Heindl, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Pavel Himl, University of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Olivier Ihl, Sciences Po Grenoble, France
  • Patrick Joyce, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Pierre Karila-Cohen, University of Rennes 2, France
  • Christine Lebeau, University of Paris, France
  • Fredrik Lindström, Lund University, Sweden
  • Anna Gianna Manca, University of Trento, Italy
  • Petr Mat’a, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • Brigitte Mazohl, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jana Osterkamp, Collegium Carolinum, Germany
  • Magdalena Pöschl, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Nico Randeraad, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Birgit Sauer, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Martin Scheutz, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Anton Tantner, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Werner Telesko, Austrian Academy of Science, Austria
  • Diego Barría Traverso, University of Valparaíso, Chile
  • Markus Twellmann, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Frits van der Meer, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Thomas Winkelbauer, University of Vienna, Austria

Editors

  • Peter Collin, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Germany
  • Thomas Rohringer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • Roland Wenzelhuemer, Munich Centre for Global History, Germany

Guest Editors

  • Elisabeth Berger, University of Salzburg
  • Timon de Groot, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Matthew Hull, University of Michigan, USA
  • Frits van der Meer, Leiden University, Netherlands

Subjects


Date(s)

  • Friday, October 15, 2021

Keywords

  • organisation internationale, histoire administrative

Contact(s)

  • Thomas Süsler-Rohringer
    courriel : thomas [dot] rohringer [at] lmu [dot] de

Information source

  • Julia Bavouzet
    courriel : julia [dot] bavouzet [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at

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« Administrative Culture(s) of International Organizations », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, August 03, 2021, https://calenda.org/901743

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