Proactivism and State Identity: Irish and Canadian Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Policy

In her dissertation, Una Becker-Jakob analyses why some states commit themselves consistently and at times proactively to constructing and strengthening multilateral institutions for cooperative arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. Case studies comprise Ireland’s and Canada’s policies regarding nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, biological weapons control and the ban on anti-personnel mines. She employs longitudinal studies of the international activities as well as process-tracing of domestic decision-making and qualitative content analyses of the pertinent discourses to explore whether a social psychological-social constructivist concept of state identity can help understand the phenomenon under scrutiny.

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Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
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