Handbook on the Politics of Small States
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Handbook on the Politics of Small States

Edited by Godfrey Baldacchino and Anders Wivel

Comprehensive and timely, this Handbook identifies the key characteristics, challenges and opportunities involved in the politics of small states across the globe today. Acknowledging the historical legacies behind these states, the chapters unpack the costs and benefits of different political models for small states.
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Chapter 6: Small states: challenges and coping strategies in the UN General Assembly

Diana Panke and Julia Gurol


The United Nations General Assembly is an institution where the principle of the sovereign equality of states is strongly embedded. Thus, formally, all UNGA member states have the same rights when it comes to tabling UNGA resolutions, influencing their content during negotiations and passing resolutions via voting. Yet, smaller states grapple with severe capacity shortages. The chapter identifies coping strategies, on the basis of which small states can exert influence in the different stages of the UNGA policy cycle, despite operating under clear capacity constraints.

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