Recognising Normative State Action in International Life

Emilian Kavalski

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11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The study of power is one of the defining features of International Relations. Thus, every generation of IR scholars undertakes a reconsideration of the concept of power in an attempt to place its own definitive stamp on one of the oldest conversations in world affairs. What distinguishes current engagements with the consideration of power is that they are happening in the context of a power transition. It is in this setting that the three books included in this review both reflect and address the different puzzles attendant in the current re-articulations of the notion and practices of power in IR. Jiang Qing addresses the ‘what’ of power through a novel assessment of previously overlooked Confucian insights. Marjo Koivisto engages the ‘when’ of power by drawing attention to the strategic impact of normative state action in world affairs. Alexander Cooley explores the ‘how’ of power through a parallel assessment of the strategic competition for influence between the US, Russia and China in Central Asia. Jiang, Q. (2013). A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China’s Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future. Trans. E. Ryden. Ed. D. A. Bell and R. Fan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Koivisto, M. (2012) Normative State Power in International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Cooley, A. (2013). Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Jiang, Q. (2013). A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China’s Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future. Trans. E. Ryden. Ed. D. A. Bell and R. Fan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-242
Number of pages12
JournalPolitical Studies Review
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Central Asia
  • normative power
  • power transition
  • recognition
  • Tianxia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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