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Weinshel, E.M. (1987). Proposed Amendments to the Constitution and Byelaws of the International Psychoanalytical Association. Bul. Int. Psychoanal. Assn., 68:151-157.

(1987). Bulletin of the International Psycho-Analytic Association, 68:151-157

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution and Byelaws of the International Psychoanalytical Association

Edward M. Weinshel, M.D.


When the old and new Executive Councils of the IPA met in a joint session at the end of the Hamburg Congress it was agreed that a high priority should be given to a consideration of (to quote Dr Wallerstein in a recent IPA Newsletter) '… the widely perceived and voiced inadequacies and difficulties in our scientific and research functioning, in our administrative organization and representation, and in our financial structure and methods of dues collection'. In response to this charge, Dr Wallerstein established a number of Commissions (on Administrative Structure, on Financial Structure, and on Science and Research) each of which were asked to examine pertinent problem areas and issues and to offer suggestions and recommendations which could best deal with these difficulties.

In March of 1986, all of these Commissions met in Taunton, England and submitted comprehensive reports to the Executive Council. The Commission on Administrative Structure, chaired by Moses Laufer of London, proposed a series of changes in the Byelaws which represent—in their totality—one of the most important alterations in the administrative structure and functioning of the IPA, the representation on its Executive Council, and role of its President. The Executive Council was unanimous in its opinion that these proposals provided the opportunity for a more democratic and more efficient executive organization and enthusiastically adopted five resolutions, and referred them to the Committee on Byelaws, chaired by Jerome Beigler of Chicago.

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