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The Power of the Space Club

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The Power of the Space Club

The Power of the Space Club
by Deganit Paikowsky
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1107194490 | 264 Pages | PDF | 2.47 MB

Why do nation states choose to develop national space programs? How can they justify national efforts to acquire capabilities by arguing for membership of the space club? This book provides a unique perspective of the past, current and future of space exploration and technological development in world politics. A country that sees itself as a power deserving of a seat at the table of world governance is expected to race for space. Based on a rich and detailed analysis of a range of space programs of states which are not usually at the focus of world politics and its research, the author shows that joining the space club is a legitimate and rational decision. The book provides a different way of looking at international relations, through a relatively under-studied area of policy - the space club.

"Advanced space capabilities provide a nation state with both tangible and symbolic geopolitical, strategic, and security benefits. By using the concept of a 'space club' as a way to analyze a state's decision to acquire those capabilities and competition and cooperation among space faring countries, Deganit Paikowsky provides fresh insights and a productive way of understanding global space activity." - John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus, George Washington University and Founder of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute