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Rethinking Middle Powers in the Asian Century
New Theories, New Cases





ISBN 9781138614871
Published September 16, 2018 by Routledge
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The term "middle power" is conceptually fragile. Some scholars have even argued for abandoning it. This book argues that the concept needs to be analysed more profoundly and that new analytical tools need to be developed to better understand the phenomenon. The traditional approach, based on Western states, is insufficient and has become increasingly irrelevant in a transformed global environment. Instead of drawing from a single theory of international relations, the contributors have chosen to build upon a wide range of theories in a deliberate demonstration of analytic eclecticism. A pluralistic approach provides stronger explanations while remaining analytically and intellectually rigorous. Many of the theory contributions are reconsidering how the largely "Western" bases of such theorising need revising in light of the "emerging middle powers", many of which are in Asia.



Presenting a strong argument for studying middle powers, this book explores both the theory and empirical applications of the concept by rethinking the definition and characteristics of middle powers using a range of case studies. It examines changes in the study of middle powers over the last decade, proposing to look at the concept of middle powers in a coherent and inclusive manner. Finally, it aims to further the discussion on the evolution of the international system and provides sound conclusions about the theoretical usefulness and empirical evolution of middle powers today.

Table of Contents



List of figures and tables



Notes on contributors



Introduction



DAVID WALTON AND THOMAS S. WILKINS



PART I



Theoretical approaches



1 Middle powers: A comprehensive definition and typology



TANGUY STRUYE DE SWIELANDE



2 The historical determination of the middle power concept



GABRIELE ABBONDANZA



3 Defining middle powers through IR theory: Three images



THOMAS S. WILKINS



4 Interlocutors for peace? Bringing middle powers in from the theoretical cold



ALLAN PATIENCE AND CHIRAAG ROY



5 Middle powers in the agency-structure debate



FEDERICA DE PANTZ



6 Too big to fit? Locating "rising powers" regarding the middle power category



JOAN DEAS



7 Interrogating middle powers’ behaviour



CATHERINE JONES



8 Faith no more: Reflections on the distinction between traditional and emerging middle powers



EDUARD JORDAAN



9 Middle power assertiveness as a behavioural model in foreign policy



ANDRIY TYUSHKA



PART II



Case studies



10 Middle powers and power shifts: Australian foreign policy towards China and Japan



DAVID WALTON



11 Adjusting the middle to fit the frame: Canada in the changing global order



JEREMY PALTIEL AND KIM RICHARD NOSSAL



12 India: Breaking out of the middle power straitjacket?



EMILIAN KAVALSKI



13 The case of Pakistan: Middlepowermanship as a role



DOROTHÉE VANDAMME



14 The Singapore paradox: The "little red dot" as a "middle power"



LAM PENG ER



15 Meddling middle powers: Can diplomacy crack the North Korean conundrum?



VIRGINIE GRZELCZYK



16 Middle power hybridisation and China



JONATHAN H. PING



Conclusion



TANGUY STRUYE DE SWIELANDE AND DOROTHÉE VANDAMME



Afterword



ANDREW F. COOPER



Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Tanguy Struye de Swielande is Professor of International Relations at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.



Dorothée Vandamme is a Research Assistant at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.



David Walton is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies and International Relations at Western Sydney University, Australia.



Thomas Wilkins is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia.