Australia and the European Superpower: Engaging with the by Philomena Murray

By Philomena Murray

This can be a ebook approximately clash: clash among a rustic with limits to its foreign influence—Australia—and a brand new overseas actor with huge, immense presence at the global stage—the eu Union.
Australians usually understand the european as a monolithic, detrimental and obstructionist bloc, unleashing laws and protectionism upon the area. but Australia's engagement with the european is definitely prior to Australian public opinion approximately Europe. those alterations spring not just from adjustments in Australia, yet from Europe's increasing position in alternate and politics.
In this vigorous exam of Australia's dating with the more and more robust european, Professor Philomena Murray presents a clean and accomplished point of view on politics and exchange, outdated safety and new safeguard. She severely assesses how engagement among the ecu and Australia has built over the last few decades—from slender issues with agricultural exchange to the more recent demanding situations of terrorism. Murray argues that the realisation of the connection will have an effect on Australia's function either during this area and the realm.

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Those who wished to see the European project result in a type of free trade area and some common policies were advocates of an economic determinism. There were not only cleavages. There were also bitter divisions and battles regarding the role of the state and of the EU institutions. These are often expressed as the supranationalist (policies above the nation state) approach versus the inter-governmentalist (retaining a large measure of national sovereignty) approach, although there are considerable nuances (Murray and Rich, eds, 1996).

Trade is a central focus of the EU’s activity. Trade and other economic policies are major EU domains and external economic relationships are initiated and managed by the Commission and subject to the EU institutional decision-making process. The statistics regarding the EU, the world’s largest trading bloc, are impressive. 7tn in 2003, or 19 per cent of global exports. 1tn (13%), Japan $A723bn (8%), China $A672 (8%) and Australia $A108bn (1%). 7tn worth of imports in 2002 or 19 per cent of world imports.

Second, it explores the ways the EU has positioned itself as a global player in the areas of trade, foreign policy, governance, regulation and human rights. Third, it examines how the EU affects Australia in a number of ways. It argues that, while the EU is not a traditional type of superpower, it has evolved into an ‘accidental superpower’. That is, it is an influential player with roles and powers, or competences, which can be termed ‘supranational’ as they exist above the twenty-five constituent states of the EU.

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