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

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posted on 01.05.2014, 00:00 authored by Baogang HeBaogang He, P Murray, A Warleigh-Lack
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.

History

Journal

Comparative European politics

Volume

12

Issue

3

Pagination

279 - 300

Publisher

Springer

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1472-4790

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Macmillan Publishers Ltd.