The International Civil Service



The international secretariat holds an important position in the evolution of international organization, as an institutional manifestation of a certain depth of cooperation. The classical conception of the international civil service is an ideal which must be seen in the context of an institutionalist and progressive approach to international cooperation, which views organization as a reflection of the collective will and the manifestation of an international society. Indeed,

International organization is not so much a contrived deviation from the natural course of international relations as a modern expression of some of the perennial tendencies and requirements of states operating in a multistate system … a part of the political and administrative apparatus of human society …2


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© Edward Newman 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shumei UniversityJapan

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