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Evolution and Devolution
The Dynamics of Sovereignty and Security in Post-Cold War Europe

ISBN 9781138716407
Published June 16, 2021 by Routledge
250 Pages

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Book Description

This title was first published in 2000:  This study bridges the gap in the otherwise rich literature on European security through its analysis of past and present efforts at military integration. Previous works have concentrated on the transatlantic relationship or the intra-European dimension of the effort to create autonomous defense capabilities or even on the ramifications of the changed defense market. Evolution and Devolution combines these themes and subjects. The work integrates these topics against the backdrop of the current scholarly debate over international relations by examining the changing nature of sovereignty and the evolution of the nation state. In the end, the course toward more integration and yet continued participation of the U.S., is shown to be the optimum course for EU member states in light of the security threats and constraints facing national governments.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Realism and liberalism; Sovereignty and the modern nationstate; Western Europe’s security regime; Nationalism on the European continent; The Southern flank; The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; Security integration and the memberstate; European security integration; European defense-industrial integration; Conclusion: the economics and politics of defense integration; Bibliography.

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Tom Lansford is Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Letters, and Associate Professor of Political Science, at the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach, Mississippi, USA.


’Written in a clear and informed style the book is suitable for the specialized analysis of politics and defence studies.’ Aslib Book Guide