1st Edition

The Commercialisation of Space Politics, Economics and Ethics

    252 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This interdisciplinary book examines the impact of the commercialisation of space and the changing outlook of the space sector.

    Using a framework based around theories of international political economy (IPE), the chapters take on issues relating to the politics, the economics and the ethics of commercialising space. The book aims to build a bridge between the research carried out on European Space Policy and the issues that are currently pertinent in the global discussion of future space policy. Overall, the volume aims to:

    • inform the reader about historical and contemporary developments in the neoliberal commercialisation of space
    • assess the impact of the commercialisation of space on European space institutions, European space policy and European space culture
    • raise ethical questions about the environmental and practical sustainability of the commercialisation of space
    • examine the compatibility of the commercialisation of space with international, EU and national law.

    This book will be of much interest to students of space policy, global governance, European politics and International Relations.


    Sarah Lieberman, Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos, Thomas Hoerber

    Section I: Politics of Space Commercialisation

    1. Commercial and Private Actors in Space: What Does This Mean for the International Political Economy?

    Sarah Lieberman

    2. American and European Space Commercialisation: Providing Economic and Humanitarian Benefits while Complementing State Objectives

    Matthea Brandenburg | Michigan House of Representatives

    3. The Nigerian Space Sector: Structure of Power Analysis

    Kehinde Abolarin

    4. The Early Days of South Korean Rocket Technology

    Andrew Thomas

    Section II: Economics of Space Commercialisation

    5. Public Private Partnerships and Foreign Direct Investment for Space

    Maxime Nicholas, Sarah Lieberman

    6. Strategic Autonomy, Technological Non-Dependence and Intellectual Property Rights in European Space Policy: "The Right to Choose" and "The Right to Say ‘No’"

    Lorna Ryan

    7. Towards a Common European Innovation Policy: The Case Study of the European Space Industry

    Felix Scheuenstuhl, Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos

    8. Does Britain Have Any Choice But to Compete in Space?

    John Maas

    Section III: Ethics of Space Commercialisation

    9. Environmental Protection in the Solar System: The Ethics of the Commercialisation of Space

    Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos

    10 . Legal Considerations on Space Commercialization

    Antonella Forganni


    Sarah Lieberman, Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos, Thomas Hoerber


    Sarah Liebermann is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, UK, and Research Fellow at the EU*Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management.

    Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos is Senior Consultant of Strategic Foresight at 2b AHEAD Think Tank in Leipzig, Germany and Research Fellow at the EU*Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management.

    Thomas Hoerber is Professor for European Studies, Director of the EU*Asia Institute and Head of the Department of International Affairs at ESSCA School of Management. His last related publication was The Routledge Handbook of European Integrations, Routledge, London, 2022.