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China and International Theory : the Balance of Relationships

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Shih, Chih-yu ; Huang, Chiung-chiu ; Yeophantong, Pichamon ; Bunskoek, Raoul ; Ikeda, Josuke ; Hwang, Yi-jye ; Chang, Chih-yun ; Chen, Ching-chang:
China and International Theory : the Balance of Relationships.
London, United Kingdom : Routledge , 2019 . - 302 p. - (Worlding beyond the West )
ISBN 9781138390508


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Major IR theories, which stress that actors will inevitably only seek to enhance their own interests, tend to contrive binaries of self and other and ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. By contrast, this book recognizes the general need of all to relate, which they do through various imagined resemblances between them.

The authors of this book therefore propose the ‘balance of relationships’ (BoR) as a new international relations theory to transcend binary ways of thinking. BoR theory differs from mainstream IR theories owing to two key differences in its epistemological position. Firstly, the theory explains why and how states as socially-interrelated actors inescapably pursue a strategy of self-restraint in order to join a network of stable and long-term relationships. Secondly, owing to its focus on explaining bilateral relations, BoR theory bypasses rule-based governance. By positing ‘relationality’ as a key concept of Chinese international relations, this book shows that BoR can also serve as an important concept in the theorization of international relations, more broadly.

The rising interest in developing a Chinese school of IR means the BoR theory will draw attention from students of IR theory, comparative foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, East Asia, cultural studies, post-Western IR, post-colonial studies and civilizational politics.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa > Chair Sociology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 07:28
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 08:22