This volume comprehensively covers a range of issues related
to dynamic norm change in the current major international arms
control regimes related to nuclear, biological,and chemical
weapons; small arms and light weapons; cluster munitions; and
antipersonnel mines. Arms control policies of all of the key
established and rising state actors are considered, as well as
those of nonaligned countries, nongovernmental organizations, and
international governing bodies.
Recent studies on multilateral arms control tend to focus mostly on
"structure," by which opportunities and constraints for action are
created. This volume pays equal attention to "agency," through
which opportunities and constraints to produce change or maintain
the status quo are handled. In addition-and in greater depth than
in recent studies-the volume acknowledges the force of moral and
ethical impulses (alongside such factors as political, legal, and
technological change) in the evolution of arms control norms.
The volume begins with a look at the structure of regimes, at the
conflicts residing in these structures, and at the dynamic
processes in which these conflicts are worked out. The impact of
extrinsic factors on norm dynamics is considered next, including
technological change and shifts in attitudes and power structures.
Essays on the role of agency in driving norm change conclude the
volume, with a particular focus on norm entrepreneurship and the
importance of acknowledging the competing justice claims
surrounding norm-change efforts.
Contributors: Una Becker-Jakob, Alexis Below, Marco Fey, Giorgio
Franceschini, Andrea Hellmann, Gregor Hofmann, Friederike Klinke,
Daniel Müller, Harald Müller, Franziska Plümmer, Carsten Rauch,
Judith Reuter, Elvira Rosert, Annette Schaper, Hans-Joachim
Schmidt, Tabea Seidler-Diekmann, Simone Wisotzki, Carmen
Subjects: Political Science, History
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