JP John Pinder

Documents from [1960] to [2006]

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PE 1 - 28
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450 files

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Reference Archivists

Carr, Mary


Administrative and Biographical History

John Pinder (OBE) was a pragmatic federalist who aspired towards a federal unification of Europe. He supported Jean Monnet's endeavors for European integration and a transatlantic partnership and an eventual economic relationship with Russia, which would be a major step towards world disarmament.
Pinder's British federalist roots can be traced to political thinkers such as Lord Lothian. In 1950 he became involved with the Federal Union and the Federal Trust where he held the chair from 1985-2008. It was as a result of meetings of like minded individuals at the Trust that the Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) was formed.
Pinder became involved with European federalism thanks to Altiero Spinelli who had established the Union of European Federalists (UEF) in 1946. Pinder also supported Spinelli's initiative for a European Constitution. On 14 February 1984, on the urging of Altiero Spinelli, the European Parliament approved a draft Treaty as the start of the process of constitutionalising the European Union. This initiative led first to the revision of the Treaties establishing the European Community (the Single Act, the Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice) and later to the Constitutional Treaty of 29 October 2004.
As member of the Executive Committee and of the General Purposes Committee of the European Movement in Britain, Pinder was associated with the Movement since the 1950's. and attended the major congress of the European Movement in Munich in 1962. Pinder was also member of the Executive Committees of the "Campaign for Europe" and of "Britain in Europe", which merged with the European Movement in 1969-70.
He participated as British delegate in the 1954 Congress of the European Union of Federalists. He was British representative on the Councils of its successor bodies: the Action Européenne Fédéraliste and the Mouvement Fédéraliste Européenne. In later years Pinder was nominated Director of Political and Economic Planning after his stint as Director of the Policy Studies Institute in London . He was also Head of the Economics Department at the College of Europe for a time.
Last but not least, Pinder was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli and Member of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome. John Pinder was awared an OBE in 1973 for public service to his country.

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Articles, papers and correspondence on European integration, East-West economic relations, international aspects of industrial policy, and the external policy of the European Community.
Since John Pinder was heavily involved in Federalist organisations, movements and associations this is reflected in his papers. He was Vice-Chairman of the European Movement in Britain, Vice-President and later President of the Union of European Federalists and Trustee of the Federal Trust.
Pinder wrote extensively on the European Community, East-West trade and international economics and taught for seven years at the College of Europe, Bruges where he was part-time head of the Economics Department (1970-72) and Professor responsible for a course on the European Community's external relations, (1972-77). Much of his course papers are included in this fonds.
Aside from his own publications, Pinder contributed to many journals - articles and books along with contributions to symposia, etc.
His other interests included: membership of the Councils of the Hansard Society and the Overseas Development Institute and member of Politics and International Relations Committee, SSRC, 1969-73,

System of Arrangement

I followed the system of arrangement as in the box list that was transferred alongside the files.

Conditions of Access and Use


English, French, German, Italian

Allied Materials

Associated Material

John Pinder's publications include: Britain and the Common Market, Europe after de Gaulle (1969, with Roy Pryce), The Economies of Europe and The European Community’s Policy towards Eastern Europe (1971, with Pauline Pinder), and National Industrial Strategies and the World Economy (1982, written jointly with Takashi Hosomi, Ariyoshi Okumura and others).

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