Chinese Politics and International Relations

Innovation and Invention

Edited by Nicola Horsburgh, Astrid Nordin, Shaun Breslin

© 2014 – Routledge

210 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2013-12-11
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About the Book

The question of how China will relate to a globalising world is one of the key issues in contemporary international relations and scholarship on China, yet the angle of innovation has not been properly addressed within the field. This book explores innovation in China from an International Relations perspective in terms of four areas: foreign and security policy, international relations theory, soft power/image management, and resistance.

Under the complex condition of globalisation, innovation becomes a particularly useful analytical concept because it is well suited to capturing the hybridity of actors and processes under globalisation. By adopting this theme, studies not only reveal a China struggling to make the future through innovation, but also call attention to how China itself is made in the process.

The book is divided into four sections:

  • Part 1 focuses on conceptual innovation in China’s foreign and security policies since 1949.
  • Part 2 explores theoretical innovation in terms of a potential Chinese school of International Relations Theory.
  • Part 3 expands on innovation in terms of image management, a form of soft power, in particular how China exports its image both to a domestic and foreign audience.
  • Part 4 highlights how innovation is used in China by grassroot popular groups to resist official narratives.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese studies, Chinese foreign policy and international relations, international relations theory and East Asian security.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Innovation in foreign and security policy 1. Innovation Through Debate and Differentiation: Chinese nuclear doctrine since the reform era Nicola Horsburgh 2. China and Globalization: Innovating Chinese Development Cooperation Ward Warmerdam Part II: Theoretical innovation: Chinese school of International Relations Theory 3. Narrating a Discipline: The search for innovation in Chinese International relations Linsay Cunningham-Cross 4. "You need to do something that the Westerners cannot understand" – The Innovation of a Chinese School of IR Peter Marcus Kristensen and Ras Tind Nielsen Part III: Innovation in image management 5. Confucius Institutes as innovative Tool of China’s Cultural Diplomacy Falk Hartig 6. Image in transformation: Guangzhou reinventing itself for the Asian Games 2010 Annukka Kinnari Part IV: Innovation in resistance 7. Un-innovative Censorship, Innovative Resistance: The Internet, forbidden words and the humorous homonyms of Egao Astrid Nordin

About the Editors

Nicola Horsburgh is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford, UK.

Astrid Nordin is lecturer in China in the Modern World at Lancaster University, UK.

Shaun Breslin is Professor of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University, UK.

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Warwick Studies in Globalisation

What is globalisation and does it matter? How can we measure it? What are its policy implications? The Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick is an international site for the study of key questions such as these in the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. Its agenda is avowedly interdisciplinary. The work of the Centre will be showcased in this new series.

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