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Howard, Downer and the Liberals' realist tradition

Lowe, David and Smith, Gary 2005, Howard, Downer and the Liberals' realist tradition, Australian journal of politics and history, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 459-472, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.0387a.x.

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Title Howard, Downer and the Liberals' realist tradition
Author(s) Lowe, DavidORCID iD for Lowe, David orcid.org/0000-0003-3332-483X
Smith, Gary
Journal name Australian journal of politics and history
Volume number 51
Issue number 3
Start page 459
End page 472
Total pages 14 p.
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2005-09-15
ISSN 0004-9522
1467-8497
Summary The successive Howard Governments sought not only to make foreign policy in response to new regional and global agendas, but to respond to and to seek to manage new forms of electoral challenge with new forms of nationalism. This has resulted in a set of important departures from the major Liberal tradition in international affairs, the claim to a realist approach to foreign policy, and has led to the need to manage the consequences of those departures. The boundary that realism sought to draw between the domestic and international politics, as the spheres of values and interests respectively, became increasingly blurred. In relations with the Asian region the expression of strong domestic (nationalist and internationalist) agendas led initially to distancing from Asian engagement. However, from 2002, a more realist-focused external policy led to new forms of state to state re-engagement in pursuit of national interests. In the commitment to military operations in Iraq, the Anzac legend is interpreted to supply nationalist legitimation which would not normally be required for wars fought for realist (i.e. defensive) reasons. A future Liberal prime minister would lack Howard's touch here. In the debate in the Liberal Party over defence doctrine, an attempt by the Defence Minister to reformulate the realist doctrine of Defence of Australia into an expeditionary construct was rejected.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.0387a.x
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2008, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003250

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Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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