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Britain and Africa Under Blair
Author: Julia Gallagher

ISBN: 9780719091179
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 15 November 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 0.9
Description:
Africa was a key focus of Britain's foreign policy under Tony Blair. Military intervention in Sierra Leone, increases in aid and debt relief, and grand initiatives such as the Commission for Africa established the continent as a place in which Britain could 'do good'.

Britain and Africa under Blair: In Pursuit of the Good State critically explores Britain's fascination with Africa. It argues that, under New Labour, Africa represented an area of policy that appeared to transcend politics. Gradually, it came to embody an ideal state activity around which politicians, officials and the wider public could coalesce, leaving behind more contentious domestic and international issues.

Building on the story of Britain and Africa under Blair, the book, now available in paperback, draws wider conclusions about the role of 'good' and idealism in foreign policy. In particular, it discusses how international relationships provide opportunities to create and pursue ideals, and why they are essential for the well-being of political communities. It argues that state actors project the idea of 'good' onto idealised, distant objects, in orde...

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