Global Governance of Social Policy: EU Member States at the International Labour Organization

  • Ailish Johnson
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


David Mitrany, born at the end of the nineteenth century and writing about international cooperation in the middle of the twentieth, had very clear doubts about the positive effects of a European union on global cooperation. His thesis was that such regional unions would pull the energy of leaders and the capacity of international law away from common solutions towards particular constellations of interests, and prevent more fruitful forms of global cooperation from developing. The 60 years since his comments were written have seen the creation and development of the EU. Have Mitrany’s reservations come to pass? This chapter will demonstrate that although many of his doubts about the creation of a ‘continental union’ in Europe as a wholly positive force for international cooperation were well founded, the European Commission and EU Member States are very active in promoting cooperation in social policy at the global level.


Member State World Trade Organization International Labour Organization Global Governance Social Dialogue 
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