Explaining the behaviour of small states: an analysis of Jordan's nuclear energy policy

El-Anis, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-6918-4544, 2016. Explaining the behaviour of small states: an analysis of Jordan's nuclear energy policy. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 29 (2), pp. 528-547. ISSN 1474-449X

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Conventional analyses claim that small states bandwagon with leading international powers. The dominant view is that small states’ vulnerabilities and limited power hinders their ability to pursue policy goals. This study critiques this position by investigating why and how Jordan continues to pursue a nuclear energy programme despite objections from the United States – its principle ally. By using theories of small states, this study analyses discursive practices in Jordanian policy-making. This approach is used to describe Jordan’s nuclear energy policy and posit a logic of the effects that energy insecurity has on the government’s perception of Jordan as a ‘small state’. I use this to create hypotheses concerning the conditions under which small states may not simply bandwagon with key international allies, but may have more freedom to pursue their goals than traditional analyses predict. Explanations that assume small states always have limited freedom to pursue policy goals without the backing of key allies are not supported by the evidence considered here.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cambridge Review of International Affairs
Creators: El-Anis, I.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2016
Volume: 29
Number: 2
ISSN: 1474-449X
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:33
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 15:19
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25880

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