Smaller nations have a special place in the international system, with a striking capacity to defy the expectations of most observers and many prominent theories of international relations. This volume of classic essays highlights the ability of small states to counter power with superior commitment, to rely on tightly knit domestic institutions with a shared "ideology of social partnership," and to set agendas as "norm entrepreneurs." The volume is organized around themes such as how and why small states defy expectations of realist approaches to the study of power; the agenda-setting capacity of smaller powers in international society and in regional governance structures such as the European Union; and how small states and representatives from these societies play the role of norm entrepreneurs in world politics -- from the promotion of sustainable solutions to innovative humanitarian programs and policies..
Christine Ingebritsen is associate professor of Scandinavian studies and associate dean of undergraduate education, University of Washington, Seattle. Iver B. Neumann is director of research at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway. Sieglinde Gstohl is professor of European politics and administration at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. Jessica Beyer is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington. The other contributors include Annette Baker Fox, Jorri Duursma, Michael Handel, Peter J. Katzenstein, Dan Reiter, Baldur Thorhallsson, and David Vital.
Introduction: Lilliputians in Gulliver's World? / Iver B. Neumann and Sieglinde Gstohl Part I: Defining Contributions to the Literature1. The Power of Small States: Diplomacy in World War II / Annette Baker Fox2. Lilliputians' Dilemmas: Small States in International Politics / Robert O. Keohane3. The Inequality of States: A Study of the Small Power in International Relations / David Vital4. Micro-states: the Principality of Liechtenstein / Jorri DuursmaPart II: Refining the Small State Debate5. Weak States in the International System / Michael Handel6. Small States in World Markets: Industrial Policy in Europe / Peter J. Katzenstein7. The Role of Small States in the European Union / Baldur ThrohallssonPart III: Small State Capacity in International Relations8. Learning, Realism, and Alliances: The Weight of the Shadow of the Past / Dan Reiter9. Norm Entrepreneurs: Scandinavia's Role in World Politics / Christine IngebritsenConclusion: Learning from Lilliput / Christine IngebritsenAnnotated Bibliography / Jessica BeyerContributorsIndex