The dissertation analyzes - from a theoretical and applied perspective - challenges emanating from techno-economic dimensions to the conduct and concept of classical permanent neutrality in modern Europe until 1995

The dissertation analyzes the concept of classical neutrality, the conduct of a policy of permanent neutrality - e.g. in difference to other, related policies - and examines the role of technology in the international system. The study of the interaction between both civil and defense technology and the conduct of permanent neutrality is supported by selected cases

They demonstrate the particular and difficult experiences of European neutrals with techno-economic challenges in the 1980s ; technology transfer, defense techn. and trade. Several abstract concepts such as "technomics", regionalization, and "geopolitical satellization" are developed in order to explain the conceptual effects of techno-economic challenges on classical permanent neutrality and its conduct

Finally, the dissertation discusses the future of permanent neutrality as a policy option in Europe (as of 1995) and the evolution of neutrality as a concept