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Conclusion

The political effects of smallness

This chapter provides a recapitulation of the findings, and pays attention to the differences and similarities in terms of contestation and inclusiveness between the four analyzed cases. After that, the implications of the findings for the debate about the relation between size and democracy, the discussion on the merits of decentralization, and the effects of representative democratic structures in microstates are discussed. Finally, the value of the qualitative, comparative methodological approach in examining the characteristics of politics and democracy in microstates is underscored.