China and International Theory : The Balance of Relationships
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.
- Hardback | 286 pages
- 156 x 234 x 17.53mm | 567g
- 11 Apr 2019
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 3 Line drawings, black and white; 9 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and white
Other books in this series
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27 Nov 2019
12 Apr 2019
19 Feb 2020
16 Jan 2020
28 Apr 2020
27 Jul 2016
Table of contents
Part 1: Balance of Relationships
1. Relationality versus Power Politics
2. Relational Policy of Small States
3. Relational Policy of Major Powers
Part 2: Philosophical Resources
4. Relational Ontology
5. Buddhist State of Nature
6. Cyclical View of History
Part 3. Processes of BoR
7. Cultural Memory
8. Psychological Efficacy
9. Institutional Style
Part 4. Identities of the Theory
10. Plausible Post-Western Theory
11. Plausible Chinese Theory
12. Plausible Western Theory
In Lieu of a Conclusion: Four Caveats
"This book courageously establishes an innovative theory that is conceptually and culturally different from existing Western theories of international relations. It also provides appealing reinterpretations of the relationships between China and the United States and between mainland China and Taiwan." - Wang Jisi, Peking University, China
"The temptation when looking beyond "Western IR theory" is to code the potential contributions of thought that is grounded in experiences outside of Western Europe and North America in terms already familiar to the mainstream: as a new "ism," as support for one or another existing school of IR thought, or as a completely distinct way of thinking about international affairs that serves as a comprehensive rival. This book avoids that temptation, producing instead a detailed engagement with dominant Anglophone IR that is grounded in the Confucian heritage, foregrounding "improvised resemblance" as a foreign policy strategy that doesn't fit neatly of the existing categories that Anglophone IR thinking provides. The result is a bit disquieting, but for a profound purpose: to explore the tissues of resemblance and distinction between so-called "Chinese" and "Western" IR, and to perhaps afford us a better grasp of both." - Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University, USA
About Chih-Yu Shih et Al.
Chiung-chiu Huang is Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.
Pichamon Yeophantong is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia.
Raoul Bunskoek is a Ph. D candidate in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University, Taiwan.
Josuke Ikeda is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Human Development, University of Toyama, Japan.
Yih-Jye Hwang is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University College, The Netherlands.
Hung-jen Wang is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.
Chih-yun Chang is a Research Fellow at the Department of History, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
Ching-chang Chen is Associate Professor at the Department of Global Studies, Ryokoku University, Japan.