Functionalism



Functionalism

Functionalism is a concept of world order developed in the early 20th century by such writers as Leonard Woolf and David Mitrany, who argued that if nations joined in economic and social interdependence, and if national well-being depended upon the maintenance of peace, then war would be less likely. This theory influenced the founders of the UNITED NATIONS, with its specialized functional agencies and its organs for security and for economic and social questions. Canadians extended the concept into the theory of functional representation, where membership and influence in the various United Nations bodies would be accorded to those countries with special interests in, and contributions to make to, the specific subject for which the body was responsible.