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Small regimes in the Middle East: a conceptual and theoretical alternative to small states in a non‑Western region

Szalai, Máté (2020) Small regimes in the Middle East: a conceptual and theoretical alternative to small states in a non‑Western region. International Politics . DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/s41311-020-00266-0

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41311-020-00266-0

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Abstract

The concepts and theories of small state studies, a sub-discipline of international relations, have been connected to Western political development, making their applicability in regions outside of Europe questionable. Using the framework of the English School, the present article aims at identifying the main elements of small state theory which are needed to be altered to make it suitable for the Middle East and North Africa. Investigating the regional manifestation of main primary institutions which form the basis of the analysis of small states (namely statehood, sovereignty, confict and cooperation), the research concludes that the leverage of Middle Eastern small states is highly diferent than it is expected by traditional small state studies, especially due to the regional norms related to statehood and confict. Consequently, changing our conceptual framework of “small states” to “small regimes” would be also necessary to better interpret how such entities behave in the Middle East or other regions of the world.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Small states, English school, Middle Eastern studies, Gulf states, Regimes
Subjects:Political science
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/s41311-020-00266-0
ID Code:6102
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:26 Nov 2020 16:54
Last Modified:27 Nov 2020 14:26

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