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Understanding divergence between public discourse and security practice in pivotal middle powers: The cases of Australia, Turkey and Mexico

McLean, Wayne


Why do public discourses within middle powers often contrast with their foreign and security policy practice? In this thesis, I argue these differences occur because the content of certain debates can harm the national interest. As a result, security and foreign policy elites seek to reorder discourses in order to ameliorate security threats. I make this argument using a framework based on neoclassical realism. Neoclassical realism posits that structural...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Thesis (PhD)
Embargoed until: 2018-06-30


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