Iceland and European Integration: On the Edge (Europe and by Baldur Thorhallsson

By Baldur Thorhallsson

Why has Iceland no longer sought club of the ecu Union?This exact quantity makes use of the case learn of Iceland - the one Nordic kingdom to have by no means utilized for ecu club - to discover the complicated attitudes of small states to eu intergration and supply a brand new theoretical strategy for knowing such relationships.The individuals clarify why the Icelandic political elite has been relunctant to take part in ecu integration. during this context, they examine the effect that Iceland's precise courting with the united states and the fisheries zone have had on their dealings with the ecu. additionally thought of are 'new' variables, reminiscent of nationwide administrative features and specific good points of the household area of the political elite, in addition to the elite's notion of diplomacy and its political discourse touching on independence and sovereignty.Iceland and ecu Integration will attract all these attracted to ecu integration and the diplomacy of small states

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However, it is tempting to look at the elite itself in order to find an explanation. This is particularly the case since the Icelandic political elite’s position on EU membership distinguishes itself so sharply from the position of its counterparts in the other Nordic countries. The question arises whether the political elite in Iceland is in some way intrinsically different from the political elites in the other Nordic countries. Is there something in the elite’s characteristics, conception of foreign policy, contacts or domestic power basis which may help us to understand its approach to European integration?

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