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Cela est explique dans I'introduction methodologique de Ahead of the Curve? et correspond a la pratique des historiens qui travaillent dans le champ des idees. Ce qui nous interesse, ce sont les conditions d'emergence des idees et leur diffusion. Si je peux faire un rapport avec I'histoire des techniques, la rneme relation existe entre invention et innovation. L'important au plan economique est I'innovation, c'est a dire I'application dune invention a une echelle suffisamment large pour qu'elle ait un effet sur I'economie.

Zt and as a critical history. i and I would like t o summarize the lessons of our book. UN and the Global Political Economy: Trade, Finance and Development, on the question whether the UN can offer a fertile ground for intellectual creativity in the future, and if so, how this might be achieved. It would be wrong t o give too optimistic a view of the UN's contributions even though it has significant contributions t o make. At the beginning of the 1960s, Hans Singer, one of the key UN economists studied in our volume, gave a very cautious view of what it was possible for the UN Secretariat t o do as an intellectual actor.

Seminal reports published in the 50s and early 60s laying out the foundation of development economics were all produced by expert groups that were able t o draw on leading thinkers from around the world. The setting upof Global Commissions underthe UN system directly or independentand working closely with the UN system. These Commissions generated many ideas -the Brandt Commission, the Palmer Commission on Security, the Brundtland Commission on Environment and Development, the UNESCO Commission on Continuing Education, the Commission on Global Governance, the recent 110 commission on the social dimensions o f globalization, etc.

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