The Administrative Anatomy of Failure: The League of Nations Disarmament Section, 1919–1925

  title={The Administrative Anatomy of Failure: The League of Nations Disarmament Section, 1919–1925},
  author={Haakon A. Ikonomou},
  journal={Contemporary European History},
  pages={321 - 334}
This article investigates the creation and workings of the Disarmament Section of the League of Nations Secretariat. It shows that the Disarmament Section was an outlier of the Secretariat: supressed by the Great Powers, it had less autonomy than other parts of the administration, which from an early stage limited its bureaucratic practice to the production of information. This bureaucratic production created unreliable factual foundations for negotiations and unrealistic public expectations… 



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