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IR Working Paper 1992/4
Stuart Harris, ‘Federalism and Australian Foreign Policy’, IR Working Paper 1992/4, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, August 1992.
The existence of states in a federal system is commonly seen as complicating the making of foreign policy. From the states’ viewpoint, however, the increasing internationalisation of economic interchange and the growing number and range of international treaty commitments are seen as threatening state sovereignty. This paper looks, first, at the objectives of foreign policy and then at the objectives of federalism in Australia. It considers how the two sets of objectives conflict with or complement each other and the mechanisms used to manage their interaction.