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Palgrave Macmillan

NATO's Post-Cold War Politics

The Changing Provision of Security

ISBN 9781137330291
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Security Challenges

This collection portrays NATO's post-Cold War bureaucracy, decision-shaping and -making at Brussels Headquarters, identifies changes therein and evaluates their implications for the pursuit of external security with accompanying shifts in the locus of governance. It does so using the analytical concept of 'internationalization' which draws upon neo-institutionalist insights: a process by which national procedures of a policy area are linked with—or shift to—international organizations and thus enhance their significance. While some chapters centre on NATO's new post-Cold War security environment or changed power structures impacting on Alliance politics, the majority of authors describe NATO's new or adapted administrative bodies, associated operational roles and political procedures, its cooperation with third-party actors, and assess associated levels of internationalization. It becomes clear that although governments evidently remain key shapers of political processes, they now face thicker institutional structures of rules and common practices which implies adaptation and changes in national policies.

Sebastian Mayer is Research Fellow at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. He has published on security dynamics in the Southern Caucasus, on NATO and the EU's CFSP, and on institutional change and the transformation of security politics, more generally.

1. Introduction: NATO as an Organization and Bureaucracy; Sebastian Mayer
PART I: THE ORIGINS OF NATO AND ITS BUREAUCRATIC DEVELOPMENT DURING THE COLD WAR
2. From London to Brussels: Emergence and Development of a Politico-Administrative System; Gustav Schmidt
3. Institutionalizing NATO's Military Bureaucracy: The Making of an Integrated Chain of Command; Dieter Krüger
PART II: CHANGING SECURITY CHALLENGES AND NATO'S NEW IDENTITY
4. Post-Bipolar Challenges: New Visions and New Activities; Trine Flockhart
5. Self-Presentation and Impression Management: NATO's New Public Diplomacy; Odette Tomescu-Hatto
PART III: NATO'S POST-COLD WAR BUREAUCRACY, CONSENSUS-BUILDING, AND DECISION-MAKING
6. NATO Decision-Making: The 'Consensus Rule' Endures Despite Challenges; Leo G. Michel
7. The Changing Role of NATO's Secretary General; Ryan C. Hendrickson
8. Coping with Complexity: Informal Political Forums at NATO's Headquarters; Sebastian Mayer and Olaf Theiler
9. Enduring Rules, Changing Practices: NATO's Post-Cold War Military Committee and International Military Staff; Jo G. Gade and Paal Sigurd Hilde
10. Perfectly Flawed? The Evolution of NATO's Force Generation Process; John R. Deni
11. The Impact of NATO's Defence Planning and Force Generation on Member States; Christian Tuschhoff
PART IV. NATO'S RELATIONS WITH THIRD-PARTY ACTORS
12. NATO's Troubled Relations with Partner Organizations. A Resource Dependence Explanation; Rafael Bierman
13. In the Line of Fire: NATO-NGO Relations from Bosnia to Afghanistan; M. J. Williams
14. Partners vs. Members? NATO as an Arena for Coalitions; Janne Haaland Matláry
PART V: EXTERNAL POWER STRUCTURES AND GLOBAL SECURITY
15. Informal Cooperation Beyond the Alliance; Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni
16. NATO's Transformation and Global Security; Sean Kay and Magnus Petersson
17. Conclusion: NATO's Transformed Provision of Security; Sebastian Mayer


Rafael Biermann, University of Jena, Germany
John R. Deni, Strategic Studies Institute, USA
Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, University of Cambridge, UK
Trine Flockhart, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
Jo G. Gade, Norwegian Defence University College, Norway
Janne Haaland Matláry, Norwegian Defence University College, Norway
Ryan C. Hendrickson, Eastern Illinois University, USA
Paal Sigurd Hilde, Norwegian Defence University College, Norway
Sean Kay, Ohio Wesleyan University, USA
Dieter Krüger, University of Potsdam, Germany
Leo G. Michel, National Defense University, USA
Magnus Petersson, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Norway
Gustav Schmidt, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Olaf Theiler, German Ministry of Defence, Germany
Odette Tomescu-Hatto, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France
Christian Tuschhoff, Free University Berlin, Germany
M. J. Williams, University of London, UK

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"In this well-crafted volume, Sebastian Mayer has assembled a distinguished group of experts to explore in unprecedented detail how NATO's bureaucracy and decision-making have changed since the cold war and with what implications for transatlantic security."- John S. Duffield, Professor, Georgia State University, USA
"This extraordinary volume brings together many of the top NATO experts from both sides of the Atlantic. It covers the full range of issues, from the history of NATO to its post-Cold War evolution, the role of the Secretary General, relations with NGOs and more. Anyone who wants to understand NATO's transformation must read this book." - James Goldgeier, Professor, American University, USA
"This volume offers an innovative analytical perspective on NATO. Taking the Alliance seriously as a complex institution and administration of security governance, the chapters describe important aspects of NATO's post-Cold War institutional transformation and explore their driving forces and limits of institutional development. Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how NATO works and in looking beyond the superficial debate on 'NATO's decline'." - Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
"This excellent book brings together valuable and path-breaking analyses of the neglected topic of decision-making in NATO, including the Alliance's relations with partner nations and organizations." - David Yost, Professor, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, USA
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