2017
DOI: 10.1057/s41311-017-0028-x
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It’s not the size, it’s the relationship: from ‘small states’ to asymmetry

Abstract: A half century of debate about the definition of 'small state' has produced more fragmentation than consensus. Though there is impressive and growing empirical and conceptual richness in the field of small-state studies, fundamental definitional ambiguity remains a challenge. In particular, the lack of clarity over how to understand and delimit the central object of study has

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“…10 Die bekannteste Ausnahme von dieser Praxis ist Nordkorea, welches vor allem in China, Indien und Russland stationierte Proxies für Cyberattacken nutzt (Insikt Group 2017). 11 Asymmetrien werden verstanden als ungleichgewichtige Beziehungsmuster, in welchen der weniger abhängige Akteur durch deren Verstetigung einen Vorteil erhalten kann (Womack 2016;Long 2017).…”
Section: Machtdefinitionen Im Cyberspaceunclassified
“…10 Die bekannteste Ausnahme von dieser Praxis ist Nordkorea, welches vor allem in China, Indien und Russland stationierte Proxies für Cyberattacken nutzt (Insikt Group 2017). 11 Asymmetrien werden verstanden als ungleichgewichtige Beziehungsmuster, in welchen der weniger abhängige Akteur durch deren Verstetigung einen Vorteil erhalten kann (Womack 2016;Long 2017).…”
Section: Machtdefinitionen Im Cyberspaceunclassified
“…First, a recent wave of scholarship explores the nature and effect of relationality in world politics (e.g. Chamberlain, 2016;Long, 2017;Womack, 2016). This literature shows how "[p]ower asymmetries that favour the stronger state are often combined with asymmetries that favour the weaker one: disparities in intensity of interests, externalities with regard to other relationships, and information about the workings of the other state" (Musgrave, 2019, p. 285).…”
Section: New Research Agendasmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Finally, after reviewing both the quantitative and qualitative approaches explained so far, some of the scholars have concluded that what matters most is power relation and "a small state is a part of the asymmetric relationship, which is unable to change the nature or functioning of the relationship on its own" (Archer, Bailes and Wivel, 2014, p. 9; see also Long, 2017). What is most significant here is the regional context and the relational nature of national power.…”
Section: Defining the Small Statesmentioning
confidence: 99%