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Jeremy Youde and Tracy Hoffmann Slagter, ‘Creating “Good International Citizens”: Middle Powers and Domestic Political Institutions’, Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, 14(2) 2013: 123-33.
While these issues may be morally right, they are not high on the major powers’ list of priorities. Because of this, middle powers have enjoyed a reputation as good international citizens, and are considered both moral and responsible. […]we maintain that middle power identities are likely shaped by the experiences of social democracy at the domestic level.