In This Review

Alternatives To Anarchy: American Supranationalism Since World War Ii
Alternatives To Anarchy: American Supranationalism Since World War Ii
By Wesley T. Wooley
Indiana University Press, 1988, 244 pp

Many thoughtful people since 1945 have questioned whether the sovereign state system can preserve global security in an era of nuclear weapons and threatening environmental disaster. Scores of visionaries have presented and campaigned for alternatives. None succeeded. This excellent analysis of three failed movements-World Federalism in the 1940s, Atlantic Union in the 1950s, and environmental functionalism in the 1970s-shows how they were defeated by the elitism of the leaders, the exaggeration of wolf criers, and the cold war.