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Small States in the Modern World

Vulnerabilities and Opportunities Edited by Harald Baldersheim, Professor, University of Oslo, Norway and Michael Keating, Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK
Small States in the Modern World comprehensively assesses the different modes of adaptation by small states in response to the security and economic vulnerabilities posed by global change. It uses a diverse collection of case studies to explore the complexities of change and to place them in their temporal and geographical context.
Extent: 296 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 143 6
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Small States in the Modern World comprehensively assesses the different modes of adaptation by small states in response to the security and economic vulnerabilities posed by global change. It uses a diverse collection of case studies to explore the complexities of change and to place them in their temporal and geographical context. Issues covered include:

• international security and economic vulnerability
• small states in international organizations, including the European Union
• Quebec and Scotland as autonomous nations but not independent states
• different modes of adaptation including market liberalism, social concertation and the management of natural resources.

These contributions from renowned authors show that small states need external shelter and internal buffers in order to cope with vulnerability. Although many of the responses are path-dependent, driven by historical legacies, there is scope to choose.

This compelling discussion of adaptations of small states will prove invaluable to scholars in political science, international relations and regional studies, as well as policy-makers and in particular those working in small states and would-be states.
‘This excellent collection updates and adds to a growing literature on small states. The cases and conditions which the authors examine are well chosen and provide fresh thinking on enduring questions.’
– Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, US
Contributors: A.J.K. Bailes, H. Baldersheim, J. Batóra, N. Brandal, Ø. Bratberg, L. Cianetti, M. Harvey, M. Keating, J. McNeill, D. Panke, S. Paquin, A. Sikk, A. Steen, B. Thorhallsson
Contents:

Outline of the Issues
Michael Keating

PART I INTRODUCTION
1. The Political Economy of Small States in Europe
Michael Keating

PART II THE MODERN WORLD - A LESS DANGEROUS PLACE FOR SMALL STATES?
2. Small States and Security: Does Size Still Matter?
Alyson J.K. Bailes

3. Do Small States Need Shelter? The Economic and Political Turmoil in Iceland
Baldur Thorhallsson

PART III THE SMALL STATE IN MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE – NEW OPPORTUNITIES?
4. Small States in EU Decision-making. How Can They be Effective?
Diana Panke

5. Small if Needed, Big if Necessary: Small Member States and the EU’s Diplomatic System in Kiev
Jozef Batóra

6. Political Mechanics of Smallness: the Baltic States as Small States in the European Parliament
Allan Sikk and Licia Cianetti

PART IV THE MODERN SMALL STATE – THE SOCIAL INVESTMENT STATE? ON ‘GETTING TO DENMARK’
7. Small-state Scandinavia: Social Investment or Social Democracy?
Nik Brandal and Øivind Bratberg

8. Small Nation Versus Small States: The Case of Québec
Stéphane Paquin

9. Scotland as a Potential Small State
Malcolm Harvey

PART V THE ADAPTABILITY OF SMALL STATES – SHOCK THERAPY OR CONCERTED ELITES?
10. The State that Reinvented itself: New Zealand’s Transition to the Market Competition State
Jeffery McNeill

11. Small States and National Elites in a Neoliberal Era
Anton Steen

12. Small State, Huge Assets. The Problem of Fiscal Discipline in an Oil-rich Country. The Case of Norway
Harald Baldersheim

13. Conclusions
Harald Baldersheim

Index