It’s not the size, it’s the relationship: from ‘small states’ to asymmetry

@article{Long2017ItsNT,
  title={It’s not the size, it’s the relationship: from ‘small states’ to asymmetry},
  author={Tom Long},
  journal={International Politics},
  year={2017},
  volume={54},
  pages={144-160}
}
  • Tom Long
  • Published 14 February 2017
  • Education
  • International Politics
Much time and enormous amount of academic effort has gone into defining small states and their position in world politics. This endeavor, sadly, has produced very little agreement. It is therefore time to reposition the discussion. I do so by arguing that the analysis of small states should move from a concentration on ‘smallness’ to looking in more detail at the relationships in which these states are engaged. IR scholars should therefore stop defining and re-defining the concept of ‘small… 
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