Small States in the UNSC and the EU: Structural Weaknesses and Ability to Influence

Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 1)


This chapter enquires into the methods and tools that small states can use to influence decision-making in the EU and the UNSC. It examines the structural weaknesses of small states within these organisations, and how they can compensate for them in order to have a say within these organisations. While the UNSC and EU are very different organisations, small states can adopt similar strategies to exert influence in these bodies. To overcome their structural weaknesses, small states need to acknowledge their limitations, have the political will to try to exert influence, set priorities, develop diplomatic skills and knowledge, develop a positive image, build coalitions, take initiative and exploit the special characteristics of their small public administrations. Due to the small size of their public administrations, small states can rely on the informality, flexibility, and the autonomy of their diplomatic forces. A strategy based on these features can bring negotiating success in these organisations.


European Union Security Council Small State Large State United Nations Security Council 
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  1. 1.Faculty of Political ScienceUniversity of IcelandReykjavikIceland

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