1st Edition

Small States and Security in Europe Between National and International Policymaking

Edited By Tomáš Weiss, Geoffrey Edwards Copyright 2022
    252 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book studies how domestic contestation influences the security policy of small states within the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    A multinational group of expert contributors consider how domestic contestation is translated into small states’ foreign policies, how membership of international organisations alters attitudes to security policy in small states and how patterns of small states’ behaviour across domestic traditions, security cultures and geographical location can be identified. Anchored in new institutionalism, the book explores the influence of international organisations on security policies and the tensions created by connecting four strands of literature, on Europeanisation, on the impact of and on institutions, on the way foreign and security policy is made, and the security/strategic culture of small states.

    It will be of interest to all scholars and students of international relations, security studies, EU studies, area studies and politics.

    Chapter 1 – Introduction: Small states in European Security

    Tomáš Weiss and Geoffrey Edwards

    Chapter 2 – Towards a Framework for Analysis: Facing the Pressures of Internationalisation and Securitisation

    Tomáš Weiss, Lucie Kadlecová and Ondřej Ditrych

    Part I Strategic culture or individual influence

    Chapter 3 – Strategic Culture and Small States: From Norm Breakers to Norm Takers to Norm Shapers

    Jan Niklas Rolf

    Chapter 4 – Small and Impressionable? Strategic Cultures of the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Evolving International Contexts

    Jan Beneš and Tomáš Karásek

    Chapter 5 – Domestic Contestations in Lithuania’s Foreign and Security Policy: Who Calls the Shots?

    Gerda Jakštaitė-Confortola and Ausra Park

    Part II Participation in overseas missions

    Chapter 6 – The Netherlands’ approach to EU CSDP and UN Peacekeeping Operations: Assessing a "Big Small Power" in European and Global Security

    Joachim A. Koops and Sophie L. Vériter

    Chapter 7 – Only just making up the numbers? Understanding European small state participation in multilateral maritime security operations

    Brendan Flynn

    Part III Relations to big players

    Chapter 8 – From rebellious and reluctant allies to reliant partners: Denmark and Iceland in the transatlantic relationship

    Anders Wivel, Baldur Thorhallsson and Sverrir Steinsson

    Chapter 9 – Small Country and European Security: The Case of Bulgarian-Russia Relations since 2014

    Jean F. Crombois

    Chapter 10 – "Estonisation" and its limits: threat perceptions and integration in the EU and NATO

    Laure Delcour and Sandra Fernandes

    Part IV Internal security

    Chapter 11 – Latvia’s and Luxembourg’s EU Council presidencies in the formulation of the Refugee Relocation Scheme: between national and international policymaking

    Maria Chiara Vinciguerra

    Chapter 12 – Europeanisation of Non-military Dimensions of Security. The Case of Norway

    Claudia Morsut


    Tomáš Weiss is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague.

    Geoffrey Edwards is Emeritus Reader in European Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies in the University of Cambridge, an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and a Jean Monnet chair.