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Schlagwort: Outer Space

The Growing Political Relevance of Outer Space

Outer space is quickly losing its „niche“ reputation in political science and international relations. When talking to colleagues there seems to be a greater awareness and appreciation of the importance of outer space for terrestrial global politics. This is also reflected in publication trends, as the figure below indicates. It shows the number of publications containing the string „outer space“ from the Social Sciences Citation Index, specifically from the Political Sciences, International Relations, and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences categories. While 2019 was a bit of an outlier, there is still a clear increase in the number of publications over this 25-year…

Polycentric Governance of Space Debris: Further Thoughts

I seem to have an unstoppable logorrhea that this blog must satiate now that I’m off Twitter. Don’t get used to it, the posting frequency will certainly drop over time. But right now, I want to try a mixture of open science and personal note-taking. As indicated in yesterday’s post, I participated in a panel discussion on the governance of space debris. From the discussion, I have several thoughts stuck in my head that I want to write down here to get rid of them for the moment while preserving them in some fashion, so I can refer back to…

Polycentric Governance of Space Debris

Space debris is a growing impediment to the sustainable use of low-earth orbit. From a political economy perspective, it is a straightforward problem of managing a common-pool resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction. However, while the problem is well-known, the current system of outer space governance is badly equipped to come up with workable solutions. In a working paper, Luca Wesel and I apply insights from Elinor Ostrom’s work on the commons and polycentric governance to the space debris problem. Being political scientists, we couldn’t help but focus on the political obstacles rather than the technical, economic, and legal ones…