AUTHORRublee, Maria R.
TITLENonproliferation Norms: Why States Choose Nuclear Restraint
PUBLISHERUniversity of Georgia Press
CITYAthens, Georgia
DATE PUBLISHED2009
ISBN978-0-8203-3235-2


This book looks through a social psychology lens at the norms governing how states value nuclear weapons, and how those norms affect nuclear decision-making. The author uses official U.S. government documents and interviews to investigate why some nations have forgone opportunities to create nuclear weapons, and explores case studies of Japan, Egypt, Libya, Sweden, and Germany. The author argues that one must examine social as well as security factors to understand nuclear decision-making. The author begins by explaining that analyzing examples of nonproliferation can inform both theoretical and policy work. The central part of the book discusses the particular case studies. Finally, the author reflects on current (2009) policies, namely the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), concluding that understanding how the international social climate shapes nuclear-decision making can allow international social pressure to be used as a significant nonproliferation tool. The book includes substantial notes and a bibliography.


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