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Awkward States and Regional Organizations: The UK and Australia Compared

Murray, P, Warleigh-Lack, A and He, B (2014) Awkward States and Regional Organizations: The UK and Australia Compared Comparative European Politics, 12 (3). pp. 279-300.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Murray, P
Warleigh-Lack, A
He, B
Date : 13 March 2014
DOI : 10.1057/cep.2013.2
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Additional Information : This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Comparative European Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Murray P, Warleigh-Lack A, He B. Awkward States and Regional Organizations: The UK and Australia Compared. Comparative European Politics 12(3):279-300 is available online at:
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Date Deposited : 31 Oct 2014 17:51
Last Modified : 17 Jan 2015 14:50

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