Power, Perception and Foreign Policymaking: US and EU Responses to the Rise of China, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Power, Perception and Foreign Policymaking

US and EU Responses to the Rise of China, 1st Edition

By Scott Brown


246 pages

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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.


"…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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Foreign Policy Analysis

The Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) series covers a broad intellectual canvass, which brings together scholars of International Relations, Area Studies, Politics, and other related fields such as Political Psychology and Administrative Studies. It also engages with a wide range of empirical issues: from the study of the foreign policy of individual countries, to specific aspects of foreign policy such as economic diplomacy or bureaucratic politics, through germane theoretical issues such as rationality and foreign policy. The Series aims to specialize in FPA as well as appeal to the wider community of scholars within International Relations, related fields, and amongst practitioners.  As such the range of topics covered by the Series includes, but is not be limited to, foreign policy decision-making; the foreign policy of individual states and non-state actors. In addition it will include analytical aspects of foreign policy, for instance, the role of domestic factors; political parties; elites. Theoretical issue-areas that advance the study of foreign policy analysis, for example, FPA and Gender, Critical FPA, FPA in a new media landscape, Ethics and FPA, would also be welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European