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Australia and the European Superpower: Engaging with the European Union

This book examines Australia’s contested engagement with the European Union (EU). Distance, myth and memory play their part. There is the myth of the British betrayal of Australia when it joined the EU. There is Europe’s reluctance to take seriously Australia’s vehement opposition to European agricultural protectionism. Intransigence, conflict and mutual misunderstanding feature on both sides.

This book argues: first, the EU has wrought deep-rooted changes within its constituent states, in a process known as Europeanisation; second, the EU is a global player—albeit of uncertain nature—with increasing weight; and third, the EU is developing a global agenda that will have long-term implications for Australia.

In this lively examination of Australia's relationship with the increasingly powerful EU, Professor Philomena Murray provides a fresh and comprehensive perspective on politics and trade, old security and new security. She critically assesses how engagement between the EU and Australia has developed over the past few decades- from narrow concerns with agricultural trade to the newer challenges of terrorism. And she argues that the realisation of the relationship will affect Australia's role both in this region and the world.

Publication Details
Name of Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Place of Publication: Carlton, Vic.
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 0522851800
EISBN: 0522851819
Publication Year: 2005
Subject Covered: International economics; International law