Chinese Political Science Review

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List of Papers (Total 90)

Consolidating or Corrupting the Peace? The Power Elite and Amnesty Policy in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

After granting unconditional amnesty to militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta region in 2009, the Nigerian federal government launched a comprehensive peace-building program anchored on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) in a bid to arrest violent attacks on oil infrastructures. Puzzlingly, nearly a decade of costly DDR programming has not engendered...

The New, Green, Urbanization in China: Between Authoritarian Environmentalism and Decentralization

Orthodox Western environmental practice and its associated discourse posits a positive causal link between levels of participation and effective environmental governance and regards participatory practices as a normatively desirable element in the building of a more sustainable society. However, recent discussions around theories of authoritarian environmentalism have challenged...

Chinese Capital and Argentine Political Alternation: From Dependence to Autonomy?

The political analysis of Argentine–Chinese relations in investments and financial matters shows two faces of the China’s capital exports to Argentina. On the one hand, Argentina became the perfect example in the practice of China’s government’s desired aims stipulated in its first China’s Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean. On the other hand, China increased its...

Political Leadership and Global Governance: Structural Power Versus Custodial Leadership

This article examines the role of political leadership within the realm of global governance. Drawing upon relevant theories of political agency, particular attention is given to addressing the relationship between leadership and collective action. A two-level analysis of institution building in relation to maritime security and economic trade and investment reveals both...

International Leadership After the Demise of the Last Superpower: System Structure and Stewardship

Who will take care of what global challenges—and why not? Does the international system have an emerging pattern of leadership, or does system structure either preclude leadership as such or prevent prediction of any systematic form hereof? It is widely agreed among scholars and practitioners alike that the ‘structure’ of the international system in some broad sense, and most...

Facilitative Leadership and China’s New Role in the World

China is becoming a more influential actor in the world, being a key factor in global climate governance and international development. While the Chinese government is still avoiding the term “international leadership” in its official discourse, China is in practice exercising international leadership and is bound to assume more leadership in the world in coming years. This...

Leadership and Followership in Post-Unipolar World: Towards Selective Global Leadership and a New Functionalism?

Despite a reduction in support for US global leadership (and an apparent reduction of desire to provide it), it remains unlikely that we will have a traditionally conceived of power transition where one power cedes global predominance to a challenger any time soon. Although power shifts really are occurring with more actors able and willing to provide leadership roles, this does...

China-IMF Collaboration: Toward the Leadership in Global Monetary Governance

This paper analyses China’s collaboration with the IMF in various programmes, including China’s participation in IMF technical assistance programmes, IMF country surveillance for China, China’s attempt to weaken the US dominance in the international monetary system through the IMF, and the RMB’s entry to the SDR basket. The results of these collaboration activities reflect the...

Chinese Leadership in the Evolution of “Hub” and “Parallel” Globally Oriented Institutions

This paper examines the trajectory of Chinese leadership in globally oriented organizations of a self-selective informal nature. In doing so, it shifts attention away from the role of China in established formal institutions, above all the United Nations. The focus instead is on the increasingly robust activity centered post the 2008 global financial crisis on the “hub” forum the...

The Changing Face of China’s Local Elite: Elite Advantage and Path Dependence in Business Communities

There has been considerable discussion about whether and how China’s political economy will change with economic growth and development. The debate has focused for the most part on the possibilities for either market transition or continued path dependence, and in particular, research has centred on the emergence of business activities and the changing role of local business...

Crisis, Compromise and Institutional Leadership in Global Trade: Unfair Trade, Sustainable Trade, and Durability of the Liberal Trading Order

The transformations of the current liberal order is fiercely order debate among liberals and realists in International Relations (IR). The article examines how the liberal claim of institutional leadership, even in complex networked orders, is challenged by realists and the reality of forum-shifting and institutionalized hegemonic power. Yet, the article advances the...

Hans Morgenthau, Realist Theory of International Leadership, and the Future of Global Order

This article argues that IR scholars can use Hans Morgenthau’s work as a resource for developing a ‘classical realist theory of international leadership’, helping them understand the nature and impact of international leadership, especially the future of world order in which the US is believed to be abandoning its global leadership under the Trump presidency. This article first...

United States Leadership in East Asia and China’s State-by-state Approach to Regional Security

China’s rapid growth in comprehensive capabilities has been accompanied by an increasingly serious rise dilemma. The rise dilemma refers to the dilemma a rising great power faces, as it seeks to maintain the growth in comprehensive capabilities and international influence, while simultaneously managing the increasing external security pressures generated by its growth. Provided...

China’s International Leadership: Regional Activism vs. Global Reluctance

Since the late 1990s, China has been actively seeking a leadership role in its region, while taking a more reluctant attitude toward global leadership. Drawing upon recent research on status in international relations, this article seeks to explain the variation in China’s leadership at regional and global levels. A rising power does not always maximize its status on the world...

After Abdication: America Debates the Future of Global Leadership

American observers of international affairs are currently enmeshed in a debate on the future of global order and leadership. For at least a decade, it has been debated whether the global center of power and leadership is gradually shifting away from the ‘declining’ West towards ‘rising’ powers like the BRICS and what consequences this may have for global order, governance and...

Why Has Leadership in the Asia–Pacific Proved So Elusive?

Of the many things that distinguish what we now think of as the ‘Asia–Pacific’, one of the most striking is the absence of effective regional leadership. The fact that there are a number of ‘great powers’ with potentially competing claims to leadership is one of the principal causes of overall leadership failure. The recent election of Donald Trump looks likely—whether by...

Thaksin the Populist?

PurposeTo evaluate the accuracy of the populist label applied to former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra by both political opponents and past scholarly observers.MethodsWe distinguish more colloquial uses of the term that refer to a leader’s policies or political strategies and instead turn to an ideational definition of populism. We then use content analysis, an empirical...

Post-populism in Latin America: On Venezuela after Chávez

After the death of president Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, Venezuela represents a very interesting and unique case of institutionalized populist system. In this article, I will attempt to explain some analytical elements by which we may speak of an institutionalized post-populist condition. It is interesting to understand why the populist Chavist system continues to endure, even if...

“Right” Choice: Restorative Nationalism and Right-Wing Populism in Central and Eastern Europe

What are the facilitating conditions for right-wing populism? This paper explores the moral and nationalist foundations of right-wing populist appeal. Using European Social Survey data, we demonstrate that voting for right-wing populist parties is not associated with anti-elite, anti-establishment sentiment, but instead with moral beliefs in the cultural purity of nationhood and...

Populism as Democratization’s Nemesis: The Politics of Regime Hybridization

The global ascendancy that populism has gained in recent years resulted in two major developments: (a) the geographical spread of populism to an increasing number of countries, to the extent that in regions such as the Americas and Europe populism appears as the main contender of mainstream politics; (b) populism shifting from the margins to the center stage of politics, a...

Populists in Power: From Municipalities to (European) Parliament, The case of the Italian Five Star Movement

The article focuses on the strategic evolution of the Italian Five Star Movement (Movimento 5 Stelle—M5S). The party was born in 2009 as a local and civic experience and it represents a new example of populism characterized by unprecedented traits. In 2010 the M5S obtained its first representatives during regional elections and in 2012 it achieved its first Major in a big town...

Anti-Elite/Establishment Rhetoric and Party Positioning on European Integration

This article addresses the relationship between the salience of anti-elite/establishment rhetoric for political parties and party positions on European integration. Anti-establishment rhetoric is a feature of populism, which is increasingly influential in contemporary European politics. For populist parties across the continent, in several ways the European Union (EU) represents...

Avoiding Bias in the Study of Populism

The comparative study of populism has produced a wide spectrum of scholarship that covers different regions and historical periods. However, and despite significant breakthroughs in conceptualization and methodology, the process of scientific cumulation is hampered by the unyielding persistence of several misconceptions around the nature of populism, even in the face of repeated...