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Principles of Transnational Action: an attempt at a set of guidelines


Principles of Transnational Action
I. Range of organizational styles
II. Implications of the use of "transnational"
III. Organizational network
IV. Representativeness
V. Evaluation
VI. Coordination and mobilization
VII. Relationship with governmental bodies
VIII. Relationship with multinational business enterprises
IX. Issue areas
X. Values
XI. Social development
XII. Participative opportunity
XIII. Communication and facilities
XIV. Responsibility and rights

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Published in: International Associations 25, March, pp. 138-144. rev ed [PDF version]. Also in: The Open Society: report of seminar to reflect on the network of international associations (a seminar in Milan of the Union of International Associations). Brussels, UIA, 1973, pp. 104-114. Also French, Nederlands, Espagnol, Italiano, Deutsch.


To avoid confusion, repetition, and sterile debate in governmental or nongovernmental assemblies, some clear statement describing the open society into which we see ourselves moving is required, together with some description of the nature, functioning and interrelationship of the social entities which are seen as having their place in it.

The following propositions were, in their original form, distributed to the Milan Seminar participants as an attempt to bring together various insights, some of which derived from other working papers or from views expressed by the participants in other contexts. The intention was to provide a starting point from which some form of statement could be built up to provide a first set of guidelines to the desirable "style" of voluntary and non-governmental action in the future.

In its present form, the text has been restructured and clarified in the light of comments made. In addition, a set of action proposals has been related to each paragraph.