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Leadership and the rise of great powers

Author: Xuetong Yan
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Princeton-China series.
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A leading foreign policy thinker uses Chinese political theory to explain why some powers rise as others decline and what this means for the international orderWhile work in international relations has closely examined the decline of great powers, not much attention has been paid to the question of their rise. The upward trajectory of China is a particularly puzzling case. How has it grown increasingly important in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Xuetong Yan
ISBN: 9780691191935 069119193X
OCLC Number: 1086610514
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; CONTENTS; List of Tables and Figures; Preface; 1 Morality, Power, and Authority; The Role of Morality in Realism Theory; Levels and Components of Morality; Differences between Power, Capability, and Authority; Influence of Morality and Strategic Credibility; Summary; 2 Leadership and Strategic Preferences; The Role and Types of Leadership; Leaderships of a Rising State and Strategic Preferences; Strategic Credibility and International Leadership; The Principle of Humane Authority; Summary; 3 Corollaries of International Change State Leadership and Change of Power ConfigurationState Capability, Leadership, and Strategy Preference; International Leadership and Norm Change; Changes in International Order and Systems; Summary; 4 Power Redistribution and World Center; Leadership and Bipolarization; Bipolar Configuration Not Equal to Cold War; Conditions for Forming a World Center; Summary; 5 Leadership and International Norms; Early Studies of Leadership and Norm Change; Types of Leadership and Types of Norms; Change in the Type of International Norms; Summary; 6 International Mainstream Values Value Challenge and CompetitionDevaluation of Strategic Credibility; Beyond Liberalism; Summary; 7 Transformation of the International System; Component Change versus System Change; Conditions for System Transformation; Political Leadership and System Transformation; Summary; 8 Historical Cases of System Transformation; Ancient Chinese Cases; Cases in Modern History; Summary; 9 Conclusion; Theory Summarization; A New Bipolar World; Appendix: Ancient Chinese Figures; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Princeton-China series.
Responsibility: Yan Xuetong.
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A leading foreign policy thinker uses Chinese political theory to explain why some powers rise as others decline and what this means for the international orderWhile work in international relations has closely examined the decline of great powers, not much attention has been paid to the question of their rise. The upward trajectory of China is a particularly puzzling case. How has it grown increasingly important in the world arena while lagging behind the United States and its allies across certain sectors? Borrowing ideas of political determinism from ancient Chinese philosophers, Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers explains China’s expanding influence by presenting a moral-realist theory that attributes the rise and fall of nations to political leadership. Yan Xuetong shows that the stronger a rising state’s political leadership, the more likely it is to displace a prevailing state in the international system.Yan defines political leadership through the lens of morality, specifically the ability of a government to fulfill its domestic responsibility and maintain international strategic credibility. Examining leadership at the personal, national, and international levels, Yan shows how rising states like China transform the international order by reshaping power distribution and norms. Yan also considers the reasons for America’s diminishing international stature even as its economy, education system, military, political institutions, and technology hold steady. The polarization of China and the United States will not result in another Cold War scenario, but their mutual distrust will ultimately drive the world center from Europe to East Asia.Using the lens of classical Chinese political theory, Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers offers a provocative, alternative perspective on the changing dominance of nations on the global stage.

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