Regime Theory and the Study of Outer Space Politics
It is 30 years since regime theory emerged onto the IR intellectual scene, with the publication of articles and collected works by the likes of Stephen Krasner, Susan Strange, Oran Young and other bright minds on the subject. E-ir.com has wisely, in my opinion, taken the opportunity commission a series of essays reflecting on this research agenda and approach in 2013.
I was flattered to be asked to contribute the relevant blog on outer space regimes. In the brief article I elaborate on:
What outer space regimes are;
‘How, What and Why’ outer space regimes have developed, evolved, persisted and in some cases fizzled;
Highlighted some key concepts within regime theory that I think are still most useful in providing explanatory purchase over outer space politics (regimes as epiphenomenon/ intervening variables; formal and informal regimes; and regimes as diffuse, specific, or mediating/ nested).
Finally in the piece I give my opinion on what the key issues will be the future–both in outer space politics generally, and with regards to regime theory.
*Stephen D. Krasner ed., International Regimes, a special issue of International Organization, 36(2) (1982).