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The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality
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The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality: Challenges to Swedish Identity and Sovereignty

Christine Agius


Neutrality as a concept and practice has long been conceptualised in IR theory as problematic. Broadly seen as the tool of small and weak states with dubious moral credentials, a limited understanding of neutrality has persisted from the Peloponnesian War to the ‘war on terror’. Furthermore, as globalisation and non-traditional security problems animate international politics, neutrality is seen as a policy of the past. This book argues that neutrality has been a neglected and misunderstood subject, limited to realist understandings of war and viable statecraft, and in doing so aims to uncover ... More

Keywords: Neutrality, Sweden, Social Democracy, Constructivism, Security, International Relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719071522
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Agius, author