With the emergence of the nuclear era and a balance of terror, the value that nations have previously associated with alliance participation has lessened. A rise in nationalism has highlighted the close association between national prestige and the possession of nuclear arms. The net effect appears to be a consistently weaker bargaining position with the Soviets.
Valley, Bruce L.
"Superpower Arms Control and the NATO Allies: A Question of Interests,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 34
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol34/iss6/6