Deeper Integration and Constructive Engagement as Vehicles for Finnish Influence?

Dr Juha Jokela, Programme Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, outlines Finland’s status as a small state in the EU. He argues that although public support for the EU is extremely high, Finnish policymakers are concerned with the country’s influence, and are acting accordingly. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European … Continue reading Deeper Integration and Constructive Engagement as Vehicles for Finnish Influence?

Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities

Michael Keating, Professor of Scottish Politics at the University of Aberdeen, discusses the factors which make a small state successful, noting that such states have a stake in rules-based international regimes, but have pursued highly divergent social and economic models. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  At one time, it was … Continue reading Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities

Boris Johnson as a model of rational choice? Understanding the PM’s Brexit strategy

Filipa Figueira, Teaching Fellow at UCL SSEES, assesses Boris Johnson’s decisions as PM. She notes that his behaviour is perfectly understandable, and perhaps even predictable, if we adopt a rational choice perspective. As such, he is a useful case study for those seeking to study such behavioural models. Boris Johnson’s recent election victory may have upset many, but on the bright side it could be … Continue reading Boris Johnson as a model of rational choice? Understanding the PM’s Brexit strategy

Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

In this long-read, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, discusses which strategies, tactics and alliances the Scottish Government should pursue, in order to develop its European strategy and build networks and influence post-Brexit.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  The question of how much power and influence … Continue reading Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?

Ben Tonra, Professor of International Relations at University College Dublin, outlines the success and influence of Ireland as an EU member state. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  As a former colony with a strong sense of independence, Ireland’s willingness to pool its hard-won sovereignty in the European Union has most … Continue reading Ireland as a small state success story in Europe?