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Rethinking the Chile–Australia Transpacific Relationship in Light of Globalisation and Economic Progress

  • Irene Strodthoff
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Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Abstract

The transformations brought about by globalisation, and the ramifications of economic progress epitomised by neoliberal projects have reconfigured transnational relationships, forging unexpected coalitions and challenging dominant paradigms of geopolitical power. This article sheds light on how Australia and Chile, two countries generally considered to be distant, have reshaped their bilateral relations and renegotiated projections of national identity in light of the implications of economic progress and trade. By applying Critical Discourse Analysis tools, this article examines a selection of Australian and Chilean governmental discourses released between 2010 and 2017 following the signing by both countries of a Free Trade Agreement. It is argued that globalisation, as well as the increasing visibility of neoliberal policies, has led to a closer bilateral relationship, albeit in a context of uneven flows of capital and intra-national social inequalities.

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Acknowledgements

I thank the Chilean National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies, as well as The University of Sydney, for their support in developing this article. I also thank Dr. Philipp Schorch of Deakin University for his enlightening contributions to previous versions.

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  • Irene Strodthoff
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  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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