China & Global Governance

The Dragon’s Learning Curve

Edited by Scott Kennedy

© 2016 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

This comprehensive new work offers a systematic analysis of growing Chinese engagement in global governance institutions during the past three decades. During this period, Chinese have gone from outsiders to observers to active participants in just about every realm of governance. However, there is substantial variation in the ways Chinese participate and how effective they are in promoting their own interests This variation, in turn, has direct consequences for multilateral cooperation and addressing the globe’s thorniest problems.

This book is based on studies of Chinese involvement in a wide cross section of regimes, including trade, finance, intellectual property rights, climate change, public heath, labour, and technical standards. Through detailed analysis of different areas of global governance, the contributors to this volume argue that China has become most adept at regimes that serve the needs of industrial producers, and has moved less up the learning curve in those regimes focused on other actors, such as labour, or addressing other problems, such as climate change. Emphasising that Chinese participation has important implications for addressing some of the most pressing global problems, this work examines why China often avoids taking the lead when it comes to reform and considers the prospects for Chinese becoming advocates for more progressive reform of the international system.

This work will be essential reading for students and scholars of international relations, China studies and global governance.

Table of Contents

1. Scott Kennedy, “Chinese: Learning to be Status-Quo Players” Section I: The Trade Regime 2. James Scott & Rorden Wilkinson, “China and the WTO” 3. Wei Liang & Junji Nakagawa, “Chinese and Japanese FTA’s” 4. Wang Yong, “Learning in the WTO” 5. Tu Xinquan, “China and the Government Procurement Agreement Negotiations” Section II: Finance and Knowledge Regimes 6. Ren Xiao, “China and the G20: A Reform-Minded Status-Quo Power” 7. Bruce Reynolds & Susan Sell, “Foreign Exchange and Intellectual Property Rights: A Comparison” 8. An Baisheng, “Technical Standards and Global Governance” Section III: Consumption Regimes 9. Huang Yanzhong, “China and Global Health Governance” 10. Thomas Hale & Charles Roger, “China and Transnational Climate Governance” 11. Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Joachim Monkelbaan, and George Riddell, “China and the Prospects for a Sustainable Energy Trade Agreement” 12. Tim Bartley & Lu Zhang, “China and the Private Labor Certification Regime” 13. Xu Jiajun, “China and Foreign Aid”

About the Editor

Scott Kennedy is Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and East Asian Languages & Cultures and Director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB) at Indiana University. His research interests include government-business relations, policymaking, and global governance. He is editor of Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011); author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005); and editor of China Cross Talk: The American Debate over China Policy since Normalization: A Reader (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General