Middle Powers in the International Political Economy

  • Mark Beeson
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)


This chapter considers the prospects for middle powers to play a more influential role in the international political economy. Given that the international economy has been plagued by recurrent crises of late, this ought to be an arena in which policy innovation was welcome. The reality, however, is rather different: great powers continue to dominate and middle powers remain constrained by wider geopolitical constraints and considerations. These claims are illustrated in the case of Australia, a country that has been at the forefront of middle power activism and policy debates.


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  • Mark Beeson
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  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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