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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2007

GOV 365N • Political in Australia/New Zealand

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40120 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 4.110

Course Description

Australia and New Zealand are the two most advanced democracies in the Southwest Pacific and Southeast Asia. Components of the British Empire during the nineteenth century, both were effectively independent throughout the twentieth century, and since World War II both have been key allies of the U.S. Australia is a principal economic and political actor in the entire Asia Pacific region, with major ties to China, Japan, and Indonesia, in particular. New Zealand is a principal actor in the far-flung arc of Polynesian islands in the Southwest Pacific. After providing students with brief overviews of the two countries' political histories, this course will focus on contemporary forces and processes of change in their domestic politics and international relations, and it will compare their political institutions with those of other Anglo-American democracies.


Stuart Macintyre, A Concise History of Australia. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004 (2nd edition). Philippa Mein Smith, A Concise History of New Zealand. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005. J.D. McCausland et al., editors, The Other Special Relationship: The U.S. and Australia at the Start of the 21st Century. Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2007. Hard copies, free of charge other than shipping costs, may be ordered at * One or two additional texts will be assigned and there will probably be an article pack.


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