A complete guide for how small states can be strikingly successful and influential-if they assess their situations and adapt their strategies.
Small states are crucial actors in world politics. Yet, they have been relegated to a second tier of International Relations scholarship. In A Small State's Guide to Influence in World Politics, Tom Long shows how small states can identify opportunities and shape effective strategies to achieve their foreign policy goals. To do so, Long puts small states' relationships at the center of his approach. Although small states are defined by their position as materially weaker actors
vis-a-vis large states, Long argues that this condition does not condemn them to impotence or irrelevance. Drawing on typological theory, Long builds an explanation of when and how small states might achieve their goals. The book assesses a global range of cases-both successes and failures-and offers a set of tools
for scholars and policymakers to understand how varying international conditions shape small states' opportunities for influence.
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Tom Long is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick. Tom's research focuses on the dynamics of asymmetry, small states, and the international relations of the Americas. He is the author of Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence. His work also appears in leading journals including International Security, World Politics,
International Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, and International Studies Review. Since completing his PhD at American University in 2013, Tom's research has been supported by about $400,000 of grants and fellowships from bodies including the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, and British Council. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor
at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile. Before joining Warwick, Tom taught at the University of Reading, American University, and the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, where he remains an
affiliated professor in international studies.
Written with clarity and rigour, this is a must-read book for anyone who wants to understand how and why small states fail or succeed in world politics." -Anders Wivel, Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen Based on IR theory and grounded in small states scholarship, this book provides an innovative integrated account of small states strategies to deal with constraints and opportunities they face in world politics. The comprehensive theoretical argument is illustrated by a series of compelling short case studies. This timely book is a must-read for scholars and practitioners alike." -Diana Panke, Chair of Multi-level Governance, University of Freiburg
(Germany) Most books on small states tend to detail a particular issue or the external behavior of states in one region. This book is a remarkable attempt to go beyond this by analyzing the entire spectrum of small states-European as well as in the developing world. Long does this by formulating a detailed pre-theoretical framework through which small state influence attempts can be impartially assessed. The book is notable for both its attention to careful theorizing, as well
as the breadth of cases drawn on in support of the author's thesis. Anyone interested in the security and economic behavior of small states will find much to ponder theoretically, and much to draw on descriptively. This book is an important addition to the small-state literature and it deserves to
be widely read." -Jacqueline-Braveboy-Wagner, City University of New York