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Can Small States Be More than Price Takers in Global Governance?

Can Small States Be More than Price Takers in Global Governance? Global Governance 21 (2015), 435–454 Can Small States Be More than Price Takers in Global Governance? Yee-Kuang Heng and Syed Mohammed Ad’ha Aljunied Existing debates suggest that small states can exert more influence than their size alone implies. This article contributes to such extant literature by addressing more specific questions about the conditions under which such ostensible price takers can play outsized roles. Generic claims of tiny Singa- pore punching above its weight have not yet been examined in light of its leaders’ proactive initiatives in global governance to advance its national interests. Drawing on two strategies identified within theoretical debates on how small states project influence, this article analyzes Singaporean ini- tiatives in coalition building and use of its comparative advantages in spe- cific issue domains and how these strategies have evolved historically. Driven by an innate sense of vulnerability, Singapore’s flexibility to embrace emerging modes of governance beyond its traditional UN-centric focus is a relatively overlooked feature in the literature deserving further attention. KEYWORDS: global governance, small states, price taker, Singapore. HOW CAN STATES BE ASSESSED ON THEIR LEVELS OF INFLUENCE AND ACTIVITY in shaping global governance norms and processes? One approach has been to address this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-02103006
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Abstract

Global Governance 21 (2015), 435–454 Can Small States Be More than Price Takers in Global Governance? Yee-Kuang Heng and Syed Mohammed Ad’ha Aljunied Existing debates suggest that small states can exert more influence than their size alone implies. This article contributes to such extant literature by addressing more specific questions about the conditions under which such ostensible price takers can play outsized roles. Generic claims of tiny Singa- pore punching above its weight have not yet been examined in light of its leaders’ proactive initiatives in global governance to advance its national interests. Drawing on two strategies identified within theoretical debates on how small states project influence, this article analyzes Singaporean ini- tiatives in coalition building and use of its comparative advantages in spe- cific issue domains and how these strategies have evolved historically. Driven by an innate sense of vulnerability, Singapore’s flexibility to embrace emerging modes of governance beyond its traditional UN-centric focus is a relatively overlooked feature in the literature deserving further attention. KEYWORDS: global governance, small states, price taker, Singapore. HOW CAN STATES BE ASSESSED ON THEIR LEVELS OF INFLUENCE AND ACTIVITY in shaping global governance norms and processes? One approach has been to address this

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2015

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