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China’s rise in English School perspective

Buzan, Barry (2018) China’s rise in English School perspective. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 18 (3). pp. 449-476. ISSN 1470-482X

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Identification Number: 10.1093/irap/lcy005


This chapter looks at English School (ES) theory as a way of understanding China and its rise. It focuses both on where ES theory fits well enough with China to provide an interesting perspective, and on where ‘Chinese characteristics’ put China outside the standard ES framing and raise theoretical challenges to it. The first section briefly reviews the ES literature on China. The second section places China within the normative structure of contemporary global international society by looking at how China relates to the primary institutions that define that society. The third section explores two challenges that ‘Chinese characteristics’ pose for how the ES thinks about international society: hierarchy and ‘face’. The Conclusions assess the strengths and weaknesses of ES theory in relation to understanding the rise of China.

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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 14:23
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:29

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