Revisiting the debate on constructing a theory of international relations with Chinese characteristics
Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
internationale Beziehungen, Entwicklungspolitik
Wissenschaftstheorie, Wissenschaftsphilosophie, Wissenschaftslogik, Ethik der Sozialwissenschaften
International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Philosophy of Science, Theory of Science, Methodology, Ethics of the Social Sciences
philosophy of science
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AbstractAfter decades of policy learning and adoption of "Western" theories of international politics, the Chinese academic community has (re-)turned to the construction of a "Chinese" theory framework. This article examines the recent academic debates on theory with "Chinese characteristics" and sheds light on their historical and philosophical foundations. It argues that the search for a "Chinese" paradigm of international relations theory is part of China's quest for national identity and global status. As can be concluded from the analysis of these debates, "Chinese" theories of international politics are expected to fulfil two general functions - to safeguard China's national interests and to legitimize the one-party system.
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