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What Australian federation can teach us about the future of world politics, and vice versa

Rector, Chad


In 1901 six political entities that could have been independent states chose instead to federate. When New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, and Victoria – but not New Zealand – ceded sovereignty to a collective, they acted on some goals or interests that were prior to their desires for autonomy. Which goals or interests? I develop a theory of political confederation driven by interests in market regulation. When the governing coalition of a state can...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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