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




ISBN 9781138614871
Published October 2, 2018 by Routledge
240 Pages

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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.