What is a small state? Why does it matter?

This lecture opens the course by discussing various definitions of small states and their implications for understanding the challenges and opportunities for these states.

What is a small state? Why does it matter?

Slides: What is a small state? Why does it matter?

Reading material:

1) Matthias Maass (2009) ‘The elusive definition of the small state’, International Politics, 46(1): 65-83.

2) Christopher Browning (2006) ‘Small, Smart and Salient? Rethinking Identity in the Small States Literature’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 19(4): 669-684.

3) Anders Wivel, Clive Archer, Alyson Bailes (2014) ‘Setting the Scene: Small States and International Security’. In Clive Archer, Alyson Bailes and Anders Wivel (eds) Small States and International Security: Europe and Beyond, London: Routledge: 3-25.

4) Bailes, A.J.K. and Thorhallsson B. (2014). „“Small States“: a Theme in Icelandic Political Science and Politics“, Revue Nordiques 27, pp. 117-131.

5) Thorhallsson, B. (2006). „The Size of States in the European Union: Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives“, European Integration Vol.20, No.1, pp. 7-31.

6) Thorhallsson, B. (2009). „Can Small States Choose Their Own Size? The Case of a Nordic State – Iceland“, in Andrew F. Cooper and Timothy M. Shaw (eds.) The Diplomacies of Small States: Between Vulnerability and Resilience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 119-142.

7) Vital, D. (2006 [1967]). „The Inequality of States: A Study of the Small Power in International Relations“, in Christine Ingebritsen, Iver Neumann, Sieglinde Gstöhl and Jessica Beyer (eds.) Small States in International Relations. Reykjavík and Seattle: University of Iceland Press and University of Washington Press, pp. 77-88.