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Britain and Africa under Blair : in pursuit of the good state /
Julia Gallagher.
imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : distributed in the United States by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
viii, 166 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0719085004, 9780719085000
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Book
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imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : distributed in the United States by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0719085004
9780719085000
contents note
1. New Labour: doing good in Africa -- 2. Ideas of the good and the political -- 3. How the British found utopia in Africa -- 4. The good, the bad and the ambiguous -- 5. Healing the scar? -- 6. Idealisation in Africa -- 7. The good state -- 8. Conclusion.
catalogue key
7797279
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [152]-162) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Julia Gallagher is Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-05-01:
Gallagher (Univ. of London, UK) brings to bear academic, journalistic, and government-service skills and experiences in producing her first book, which is a fascinating study of Britain's Africa policy during Tony Blair's tenure as prime minister. It is not conventional diplomatic history or international relations, but a distinctively novel interpretation of how personal and state values, ideals, and interests interacted in the conduct of New Labour's foreign policy toward Africa, particularly Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Drawing on the work of both classical and contemporary philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, and others, Gallagher elaborates a theoretical foundation for the ethics of state behavior, particularly the quest for the good. In so doing, she not only affirms the important role of norms in international relations but also offers a critique of her own methodology and identifies issues that require further investigation. It sets a high standard and should inspire others to employ similarly imaginative approaches to old subjects. The book is highly recommended for academic and professional audiences concerned with foreign policy, African studies, and ethics in international affairs, and for related institutional and larger public libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. P. Smaldone Georgetown University
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"The book should make a good read for anybody interested in apprehending the color of British politics in contemporary Africa, ethical leadership and international relations, which are vital in the age of globalization and human side of politics."
"It sets a high standard and should inspire others to employ similarly imaginative approaches to old subjects. The book is highly recommended for academic and professional audiences concerned with foreign policy, African studies, and ethics in international affairs."
"A fascinating study of Britain's Africa policy during Tony Blair's tenure as prime minister."".....a distinctively novel interpretation of how personal and state values, ideals, and interests interacted in the conduct of New Labour's foreign policy toward Africa, particularly Sierra Leone and Nigeria."
Britain and Africa under Blair: In pursuit of the Good State (2011) is a rich and perspicacious analysis of the weight of Prime Minister Tony Blair's presence in Africa during his premiership.
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Summaries
Main 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 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 wellbeing of political communities. It argues that state actors project the idea of 'good' onto idealised, distant objects, in order to restore a sense of the 'good state'. The book makes a distinctive and original contribution to debates about the role of ethics in international relations and will be of particular interest to academics, policy-makers and students of international relations, Africa and British foreign policy, and to anyone interested in ethics in international affairs.
Main 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 - and escape more contentious domestic and international issues. Building on the story of Britain and Africa under Blair, the book 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 wellbeing of political communities. It argues that state actors project the idea of 'good' onto idealised, distant objects, in order to restore a sense of the 'good state'. This book makes a distinctive and original contribution to debates about the role of ethics in international relations and will be of particular interest to academics, policy-makers and students of international relations, Africa and British foreign policy, and to anyone interested in ethics in international affairs. Book jacket.
Main 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 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 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 wellbeing of political communities. It argues that state actors project the idea of "good" onto idealized, distant objects, in order to restore a sense of the "good state." The book makes a distinctive and original contribution to debates about the role of ethics in international relations and will be of particular interest to academics, policy-makers and students of international relations, Africa and British foreign policy, and to anyone interested in ethics in international affairs.
Main Description
Africa was a key focus of Britain#146;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 #145;do good#146;.Britain and Africa under Blair: in pursuit of the good state critically explores Britain#146;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 draws wider conclusions about the role of #145;good#146; 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 wellbeing of political communities. It argues that state actors project the idea of #145;good#146; onto idealised, distant objects, in order to restore a sense of the #145;good state#146;.The book makes a distinctive and original contribution to debates about the role of ethics in international relations and will be of particular interest to academics, policy-makers and students of international relations, Africa and British foreign policy, and to anyone interested in ethics in international affairs.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Africa was a key focus of Britain's foreign policy under Tony Blair. This text critically explores Britain's fascination with Africa. It argues that, under New Labour, Africa represented an area of policy that appeared to transcend politics.
Table of Contents
List of abbreviationsp. vii
Prefacep. vii
New Labour: doing good in Africap. 1
Ideas of the good and the politicalp. 27
How the British found Utopia in Africap. 40
The good, the bad and the ambiguousp. 63
Healing the scar?p. 78
Idealisation in Africap. 102
The good statep. 125
Conclusionp. 145
Bibliographyp. 152
Indexp. 163
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