Books

Forthcoming 31 October 2018:

Small States and Shelter: Theory Iceland’s External Affairs
(ed.) (Routledge), 2019.

Small states are dependent on the economic, political, and societal shelter provided by larger states and international organizations to survive and prosper.

Iceland provides an ideal case study for shelter theory, due both to its smallness as compared with its larger neighbouring states, as well as its status as both an entity and then as a state. That Iceland has historically been so isolated, relative to other small European states, also makes it easier to trace the country’s interactions with other actors, since the impact of each interaction can be measured more definitively thus broadening the theory’s validity and offering new insights into its operations.

By unpacking the structure of Iceland’s external relations, this book demonstrates both the size-related disadvantages and the unique needs of small states to evaluate, explain, and predict small state behaviour.

Saga Evrópusamrunans: Evrópusambandið og þátttaka Íslands, (ed.) (Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan), 2015.

The first Icelandic textbook on European integration. The contributors explain European decision-making and cover different EU policy areas. Iceland participation in the European project through EFTA, EEA and Schengen is examined. The challenges and opportunities for small European states is covered.

on the edgeIceland and European integration: On the Edge, (ed.) (England: Routledge), 2004.

The contributors explain why the Icelandic political elite has been reluctant to participate in European integration. In this context, they analyse the influence that Iceland's special relationship with the US and the fisheries sector have had on their dealings with the EU. Also considered are 'new' variables, such as national administrative characteristics and particular features of the domestic arena of the political elite, as well as the elite's perception of international relations and its political discourse concerning independence and sovereignty (Amazon.co.uk).


role of small statesThe Role of Small States in the European Union, (England: Ashgate), 2000.An examination of small states in the European Union. The book argues that size is a significant variable in explaining the behavior of smaller states in the decision-making process of the European Union in the areas of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Regional Policy. Each state has, of course, its own characteristics - historical, geographic, cultural and institutional - but some small states have some common problems. If these characteristics of the smaller states can be differentiated from the characteristics of the larger states, it can be expected that these characteristics will influence the behavior of smaller states in the decision-making process of the EU (Amazon.co.uk).