New Dimensions in Foreign Policy

New Dimensions in Foreign Policy

New Dimensions in Foreign Policy

New Dimensions in Foreign Policy

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The present volume seeks to contribute to the understanding of one of the most important political developments of our times, the impact upon the administration and political systems of independent States of the network of international organizations in whose work they are increasingly involved. For this purpose a study has been made of one particular example; namely the effect on British Government of Britain's adherence to the family of international organizations which came into being in the years immediately after the Second World War in order to meet some of the most urgent needs of Western Europe, and which gave expression to the growing sense of community among the western European and north-Atlantic peoples.

A large literature already exists on NATO, OEEC, the Council of Europe and WEU, as well as on those organizations confined to the six countries of 'Little Europe', which Britain has so far been unwilling to join. British policy in the whole field, both economic and military, has also been fairly exhaustively discussed. But this, I believe, is the first attempt to see what this proliferation of organizations has meant in terms of the actual functioning of government in a single country. It is thus primarily, as the sub-title indicates, a study in British administrative experience. For it is this experience which has given meaning to the 'new dimensions' in British foreign policy to which the title of the book refers.

A study of contemporary administration must necessarily be based largely upon oral evidence. For this reason my thanks are due, in the first place, to the many individuals, both inside and outside the public service, too numerous to mention individually, who have freely given of their time and trouble. I hope that this general expression of thanks will be taken as sufficient acknowledgment. It certainly betokens no lack of appreciation on my part.

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