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To Reform the World: International Organizations and the Making of Modern States

Guy Fiti Sinclair


This book examines how international organizations have expanded their powers over time without formally amending their founding treaties. It argues that this expansion has been undertaken and rationalized as necessary to a process of making modern states on a broadly Western model; and that international law has played a central role in that process. Adopting an interdisciplinary sociolegal approach, it supports this claim through detailed investigations of historical episodes involving three very different organizations: the beginnings of technical assistance in the International Labour Orga ... More

Keywords: Public international law, international organizations, United Nations, International Labour Organization, World Bank, technical assistance, peacekeeping, decolonization, global governance, domestic analogies

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198757962
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guy Fiti Sinclair, author
Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington Law School

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Part I The International Labour Organization, Technical Assistance, and the Welfare State 1919–1945

Part II The United Nations, Peacekeeping, and the Postcolonial State 1945–1964

Part III The World Bank, Governance, and the Managerial State 1944–2000

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