1st Edition

Power, Perception and Foreign Policymaking US and EU Responses to the Rise of China

By Scott Brown Copyright 2018
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the changing dynamics of power in the international arena since the end of the Cold War. Brown engages in analysis of how the United States and the European Union have responded to the so-called rise of China through an examination of how policymakers’ perceptions of China have changed over time and influenced their policy choices. This study undertakes rigorous analysis of how these perceptions have evolved between 1989 and 20092016, offering a comparative perspective on the similarities and differences between the policy discourse and behaviour within these two Western powers.

    Brown argues that ‘China’s rise’ is a contested notion, with varied perceptions of how the implications of China’s ascendancy have shaped policy preferences in ways that are inconsistent with concerns over the threat of an impending power-transition. Combining concepts and methods derived from IR and FPA, the book examines the linkages between great power politics and policymakers’ competing interpretations of key international actors, and their influence upon foreign policies. The main objective of the study is to illuminate the different ways in which the US and the EU have responded to the rise of China through a close analysis of their decision-making processes and outcomes across a series of key encounters and events, including the transatlantic debate over the EU’s proposal to lift its China arms embargo (2003-2005).

    Undertaking qualitative analysis of the development of American and European policymakers’ perceptions of China, this book will be of interest to graduates and scholars of post-Cold War international politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, policymaking, US-China relations and EU-China relations.

    1. Introduction: Handling China’s Rise

    2. Interpreting the ‘Rise’ of China

    3. Debating the Rise of China in US Foreign Policy

    4. Debating the Rise of China in European Foreign Policy

    5. Explaining the Transatlantic Arms Embargo Debate: Contesting the Rise of China

    6. China’s Rise, Continued: US and EU Responses 2009-2016

    7. Conclusions


    Scott A.W. Brown is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

    "...this is a valuable book, particularly in providing an authoritative account of American and European policy debates on China in the first two decades after the end of the Cold War."

    Tim Summers, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Chatham House, Hong Kong

    "Overall, it is an effective and clearly written book that takes a novel approach to a topical issue...It is a worthwhile and important read for anyone interested in a more nuanced view of China’s rise and key actors response to it."

    David A. Beitelman, Dalhousie University