9 February 2016. The eight volume of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” series edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork is now available. This edition covers global space related developments in the calendar year 2014.

In this latest edition, ESPI decided to focus on the topic of governance from a wide variety of angles. The threefold structure of the yearbook remains the same as for earlier years. The first part deals sets out a comprehensive overview of the economic, political, technological, and institutional trends that affect space activities in Europe and throughout the world in 2014.


The second part approaches the overall theme from a more analytical perspective, and it includes nine external contributions that bring together the views of various eminent professionals in the space field. This part of the Yearbook opens with a contribution by Professor Stephan Krasner and ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti on the theoretical link between space and international relations theory. Thus they analyse the two major paradigms of international relations theory, realism and liberalism, to describe and explain the different and often contending approaches followed by states in the governance of space activities. Thereafter Professor Emeritus Jacques Blamont assesses the effects of globalisation on the governance of space activities in the U.S. and NASA in particular. The political and institutional aspects of governance are explored in a contribution by Xavier L.W. Liao from the Ghent Institute for International Studies, focusing on the impacts of regionalisation processes on space governance, and in a contribution by Hokkaido University Professor Kazuto Suzuki on how governance models affect geopolitics in Asia. Gérard Brachet, former President of CNES and former Chairman of UNCOPUOS, contributes an article on the optimal role for governments in space, and Amy Kaminski, Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of the Chief Scientist of NASA, sets out some of the findings of her research on the roles of the public and NGOs in space governance and how this public engagement has been evolving over time. Rajeswari Rajagopalan, who is a Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, assesses the International Code of Conduct for Space Activities and describes its importance for the long term sustainable use of the outer space environment. Finally, the hot topic of governance in the European setting is addressed. Professor Thomas Hoerber offers a historic perspective describing how the processes of European integration have shaped the creation and governance of ESA, while Professor Emmanuel Sigalas writes about the role of the European Parliament in the legitimisation of Europe’s space policy.


The third part carries forward the character of the Yearbook as an archive of space activities prepared in-house by ESPI, providing a comprehensive bibliography, chronology and data on ESA member states and relevant space- faring nations. In its entirety, ESPI’s Yearbook on Space Policy fills a niche in communicating space policy and space related issues to decision makers and to the broader public.

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