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Accession Number ADA590401
Title Strategy or No Strategy: Explaining the Absence of a Danish National Security Strategy.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 83p
Personal Author N. Schat-Eppers
Abstract My thesis integrates findings from the disciplines of strategic studies and institutional analysis to ask two intertwined questions. First, does Denmark -- a small sovereign state -- need a public national security strategy. Although there is ample literature debating the merits and necessity of national strategies, no scholar has yet drawn on this literature to ask whether Denmark would benefit from a publicly available strategy. The author analyzes official texts from Denmark's civil-service community and legislative committees to argue that Denmark needs a grand strategy to produce feasible, harmonious, and prioritized national security policy. Second, why does Denmark not have a national security strategy. The author applies institutional analysis to explore the incentive structures that have caused Denmark's policymakers to avoid drafting a security strategy. He concludes, contra Williamson Murray, that Denmark does need a strategy. However, significant institutional hurdles within Denmark's legislative committees and civil-service ranks hinder its adoption.
Keywords Causal logics
Civil service
Civil-service community
Foreign policy
Government employees
Grand strategy theory
Interdisciplinary analysis
International politics
Legislative committees
National security
National security strategy
Political parties
Public opinion
Small-state theory

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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