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Contesting liberal internationalism: China’s renegotiation of world order

Heritage, Anisa Jane, Lee, Pak K., Mao, Zhouchen (2020) Contesting liberal internationalism: China’s renegotiation of world order. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 33 (1). pp. 52-60. ISSN 0955-7571. E-ISSN 1474-449X. (doi:10.1080/09557571.2020.1715682) (KAR id:79887)

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Abstract

As the introduction to the special issue on 'Contesting liberal internationalism: China's renegotiation of world order', this paper outlines the theoretical framework of the special issue, namely international order and order contestation, and the main arguments of the four papers included in this special issue. Recently, a, albeit not the, key challenge to the liberal international order stems from the leadership aspirations of non-Western, non-liberal states, and their increasing demand for a greater voice, most notably China under the leadership of Xi Jinping. This special issue is constructed as a debate concerning the alleged challenges posed by China to both the political and economic spheres of the liberal international order. The four case studies and papers are grouped into two core themes: the impact of China's state-capitalist development model and practices on the liberal economic order, and China's attempts to transform norms and rules in security-related matters. The four papers aim to appraise Chinese discursive narratives and practices that would collectively challenge American liberal hegemony. Altogether they argue that a hybrid of order-building norms and practices is likely to co-exist alongside the prevailing liberal international order.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09557571.2020.1715682
Uncontrolled keywords: liberal world order, order contestion, norms, US, China, hegemony
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Anisa Heritage
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 12:10 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 10:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79887 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Heritage, Anisa Jane: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3056-2691
Lee, Pak K.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1592-7277
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