Awkward states and regional organisations: the United Kingdom and Australia compared

He, Baogang, Murray, Philomena and Warleigh-Lack, Alex 2014, Awkward states and regional organisations: the United Kingdom and Australia compared, Comparative European politics, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 279-300, doi: 10.1057/cep.2013.2.

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Title Awkward states and regional organisations: the United Kingdom and Australia compared
Author(s) He, BaogangORCID iD for He, Baogang
Murray, Philomena
Warleigh-Lack, Alex
Journal name Comparative European politics
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 279
End page 300
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2014-05
ISSN 1472-4790
Keyword(s) regionalism
regional integration
awkward partners
European Union
Asia Pacific
Summary Both the United Kingdom and Australia have been studied by specialists in each region rather than by comparativists. This article seeks to fill this gap by examining the regional ‘awkwardness’ of the United Kingdom and Australia comparatively. Australia and Britain are ‘awkward’ states in their respective regions – Asia and Europe. This is clear in their approaches to institutions, economic policy, security and identity. We examine comparatively the role of power, institutions, economy, domestic politics and culture to see which mix best accounts for the awkward status of these two states. Through this comparison, this article demonstrates that the so-called ‘uniqueness’ of the United Kingdom in regionalism literature is in fact a nearly ‘universal’ phenomenon, insofar as many global regions include awkward states.
Language eng
DOI 10.1057/cep.2013.2
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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