Will IR theory with Chinese characteristics be a powerful alternative?

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The study of International Relations in China has dramatically increased over the past 30 years. Scholars have now developed a Chinese School(s) of International Relations theory, or at least, International Relations theory with Chinese characteristics. This recent Chinese move is neither new nor the first attempt, but located within larger efforts to move away from Anglo-Saxon dominance within the International Relations discipline by localizing International Relations theory. From this standpoint, although there seem to be more problems than promises in recent Chinese attempts, we still cannot ignore the great potential of this initiative, first because the pace of change is so fast, second because the number of scholars working on the topic is ever increasing, and last, because the rise of China brings more frequent interactions between Chinese and Western International Relations scholars. All these factors provide extremely fertile ground for any lucky, timely seed of Chinese International Relations theory to germinate, flourish, and proliferate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-79
Number of pages21
JournalChinese Journal of International Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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