By Cranford Pratt
In the course of the Nineteen Seventies the image appeared very assorted. The international locations curious about the association for financial Co-operation and improvement gave the look that they felt it their responsibility to assist the 3rd international. because the starting of the Eighties, besides the fact that, this perspective has disappeared from the overseas coverage time table of 1 built state after one other. apparently merely whilst a state's self-interest is in danger does a priority for humanistic values emerge. Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden -- the most important center powers -- have lengthy been considered as considerably extra attentive to the desires of the 3rd global than many of the different wealthy industrialized international locations. center strength Internationalism is helping to spot the scope and barriers of the international rules of those center energy international locations with admire to what Cranford Pratt phrases "humane internationalism." Asbjrn Lvbraek describes the key attempt within the Seventies to mobilize center energy help for the recent overseas fiscal Order. Bernard wooden considers the clients for powerful co-operation among the center powers of the North and the South. And Raphael Kaplinsky stories the most likely effect of latest applied sciences and new tools of creation at the economies, and hence at the North-South guidelines, of the commercial heart powers. Cranford Pratt concludes with a reflective essay within which he discusses the limitations upon center energy internationalism and the way forward for center energy international relations.
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R INTRODUCTION The like-minded countries were an informal group of Western industrial middle powers which in 1976 began meeting twice a year for informal consultations on NIEO issues, primarily with reference to the current NorthSouth negotiations. At the end of 1984 the Like-Minded Group had twelve members: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. With the decline in the frequency and significance of these negotiations and in the interest of many of the group's members, it became less important as the 19805 progressed, and it has not met since May 1987.
At that time, therefore, major shifts in policies towards the Third World did not occur even when a government changed from social democratic to non-socialist. 36 Asbjorn Lovbraek In many concrete situations there existed a politically powerful alliance based on humanitarianism between social democratic, liberal, and Christian political parties and movements. An explicit formulation of that humanitarian approach can be found in the 1975 Norwegian government white paper on relationships with developing countries, which stated that "our people firmly adhere to such fundamental precepts of human values as the Christian philosophy of universal brotherhood and a general feeling of solidarity between all human beings.
By far the most persistent and imimportant of the efforts to mobilize support for reform internationalist initiatives were those of the governments of the Netherlands, Norway, and, to a lesser extent, Sweden. Especially in the years 1975-8, they actively worked to secure a more generous response to the demands of the South for a new international economic order. To that end, they promoted the creation of, and then led, the Like-Minded Group. This group provided Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden with a sympathetic forum in which to seek to mobilize support from other middle powers and thereby in turn to influence the position taken by the Western industrial powers as a whole in the North-South dialogue.