Lilliputians in Gulliver’s World? Small States in International Relations

Date: 2004
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A social science that is worthy of its name must study the universe of its cases in its entirety. If the states system remains a key component of world politics, then the study of small states is simply part and parcel of what the discipline of International Relations (IR) is about. In this piece, we want to demonstrate the importance of studying small states in some detail. We start, in this Introduction, with an outline of justifications for small states’ studies and with some historical and conceptual observations on what “smallness” entails. In Section 2 we show how small states studies have developed. In Section 3 we suggest three different ways to conduct future research on small states which will benefit the broader IR discipline

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