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By O. Daddow, J. Gaskarth

A major evaluation of recent Labour's overseas coverage from prime specialists. This book re-imagines coverage considering, clear of Churchill's proposal of england as on the intersection of 'three circles' (the English talking international, Europe, and the Commonwealth) and in the direction of a brand new conceptual version that takes under consideration id, ethics and tool.

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This means that counter-arguments to decisions as momentous as the renewal of nuclear weapons receive scant attention in the media and a costly decision such as this is able to proceed almost as a formality. It is difficult to see this as a rational and exogenously-focussed form of policy-making. Indeed, an interesting point raised by Allen is the extent to which New Labour’s policy on Trident renewal is shaped more by the UK’s own self-identity and endogenous domestic pressures rather than the external environment.

Each of these circles is informed by, and helps to constitute, the others. Thus, British identity is often defined in relation to British values such as respect for the rule of law, its democratic status and promotion of human rights; British values shape how and when it employs its power resources; and, its relative power affects the extent to which it can realize its self-identity as a major actor in world affairs. Yet, as the above diagram suggests, there may be policy areas that lie more clearly in one circle than the others.

The IEP model would encourage policy-makers to look afresh at such alliances and assess them for their real ideational and material worth. The model conceivably has a weakness in that it does not centre Britain within a geopolitical framework. Churchill’s model identifies a UK role in the context of three specific political communities and in the process legitimates Britain as an international actor by virtue of its involvement in each circle. Our model would incorporate such frames within the identity sphere but also offer a more flexible frame Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth 19 of reference to encourage policy coordination with other cultures and states beyond the European, postcolonial or Anglophone.

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