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'(Although) it's not rocket science' : a theoretical concept for assessing national space policies in Europe

Obwohl es keine Raketentechnik ist: ein theoretischer Ansatz zur Einschätzung von nationaler Weltraumpolitik in Europa
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Hansel, Mischa

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Corporate Editor Universität Köln, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Forschungsinstitut für Politische Wissenschaft und Europäische Fragen Lehrstuhl für Internationale Politik und Außenpolitik
Abstract "This paper aims to contribute both to the establishment of theoretical tools for describing and explaining the evolution of national space policy as well as to the empirical analysis of changing national and multinational security space capabilities in Europe. The theoretical framework proposed below rests on a differentiation of five ideal-type levels of state disposal of technology, indicating a state's position in the order of space powers. These levels of control are utilisation, participation, cooperation, autonomy, and monopoly. The relevance of these levels of control lies in the corresponding distribution of distinct costs (political, socioeconomic and symbolic) and their domestic and/or international repercussions. Variations in national investment and activity across military and dual-use space technologies are caused by three types of variables: 1) the availability and attractiveness of utilisation, participation and cooperation options, 2) the amount of political, socioeconomic, and symbolic costs and 3) the specific validation of these costs on behalf of political decision-makers, reflecting the specific cost sensitivity of a state. Based on this theoretical framework, it is possible to empirically answer a number of questions relating to increasing capacities of European space-faring nations, independent from external, particularly American sources." (author's abstract)
Keywords Europe; outer space; engineering; astronautics; aerospace industry; nation state; cooperation
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; Special areas of Departmental Policy
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
City Köln
Page/Pages 38 p.
Series AIPA - Arbeitspapiere zur Internationalen Politik und Außenpolitik, 1/2007
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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