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The United States and China are the two most important states in the international system and are crucial to the evolution of global order. Both recognize each other as vital players in a range of issues of global significance, including the use of force, macroeconomic policy, nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, climate change, and financial regulation. In this book, Rosemary Foot and Andrew Walter, both experts in the fields of international relations and the East Asian region, explore the relationship of the two countries to these global order issues since 1945. They ask whether the behaviour of each country is consistent with global order norms, and which domestic and international factors shape this behaviour. They investigate how the bilateral relationship of the United States and China influences the stances that each country takes. They also assess the global implications of national decisions, coming to the sobering conclusion that China and the United States tend to constrain rather than encourage more cooperative solutions to key global challenges. This is a sophisticated analysis that adroitly engages the historical, theoretical, and policy literature.Read more
- Analyses the global implications of the relationship between China and the United States
- A well written and sophisticated book by two experts in the field
- Framed in the historical, economic and security contexts, the book will resonate with students in international relations, political economy and Chinese studies
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"Are the two most powerful states in the world moving toward the creation of a functioning global order? Or are international norms and institutions just a new arena for the old game of realpolitik? Foot and Walter compare US and Chinese compliance with five sets of norms, governing the use of force, mutual surveillance of macroeconomic policy, nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, and global financial flows. With careful attention to detail, the authors are able to show that China’s compliance has increased as its economy has become more interdependent with the rest of the world, although in selective ways that reflect particular economic and security interests. Although the United States created the initial institutions, it has performed inconsistently, unable to rein in important domestic constituencies that have an interest in seeing certain norms violated. In both Beijing and Washington, compliance seems to be strongest when the distribution of its costs and benefits is perceived as fair. But this is a hard equilibrium to achieve, given the asymmetries of power, culture, and development the mark the international system."
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"This is a very good book which will have a broad audience among political scientists, area specialists, diplomatic historians and the engaged public. It covers an important and timely topic, but does so with care and with an unusual amount of historical background."
Thomas J. Christensen, Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director, China and the World Program, Princeton University
"This book is well-conceived, well-researched, well-reasoned and extremely well-written. One of its distinctive strengths is its linked analysis of interactions between Beijing’s global policy, Washington’s global policy and the evolving global order."
Samuel S. Kim, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
"Foot and Walter have produced a theoretically informed and compelling analysis of the all-important U.S.–China relationship. These two distinguished IR specialists break new ground by situating the relationship within the broader context of the norms and structures of global governance."
Michael Mastanduno, Nelson Rockefeller Professor of Government, Dartmouth University
"Rosemary Foot and Andrew Walter’s remarkable China, the United States, and Global Order comprehensively elucidates the main dynamics within contemporary Chinese (and American) foreign policy, and does so in a manner that is both conceptually sophisticated and empirically rich … Foot and Walter’s work should become required reading for anyone interested in China’s current 'rise' as it tells a convincing story about this development (while concurrently shedding light on America’s own role on the world stage). Moreover, it is among the first sustained academic treatments of how Sino-U.S. relations, and international order more broadly, have been impacted by the economic turmoil of the last several years. In light of these strengths the book is certain to be of interest to both specialists and general readers as well."
Allen Carlson, Cornell University, Political Science Quarterly
"… an illuminating and thought-provocative book, China, the United States, and Global Order provides not only a sense of intellectual wholeness based on a global conception of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, but also the inspiration for Chinese scholars to explore the way in which 'the United States and China manage their relationship within this complex system of global order affects their attitudes towards the norms that influence its stability and evolutionary path'. Brilliant in methodological approaches and replete with inspirational analyses, the book should prove a major contribution both to the study of the China-U.S. relations and to explorations of the global order."
Dai Chaowu, East China Normal University, H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews
"Rosemary Foot and Andrew Walter’s China, the United States, and Global Order tackles the general question of Sino-American interactions with global rules and norms in a rigorous and informative manner … Foot and Walter discuss these wide-ranging issue areas with a degree of empirical sophistication that borders on the astonishing … Foot and Walter have produced a must-read for anyone interested in the future of global governance."
Daniel W. Drezner, Tufts University, H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews
"Foot and Walter have produced a work that should be read by a wide audience. The style of their interdisciplinary approach stands as a model for scholars and students alike."
David Robert Howell, The China Journal
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- Date Published: December 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521725194
- length: 354 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.46kg
- contains: 5 b/w illus. 5 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: norms and global order
2. Use of force
3. Macroeconomic policy
4. Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons
5. Climate change
6. Financial regulation
7. Conclusion: behavioral consistency and its implication for global order.
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Capstone Seminar on Cooperation and Competition
- China in Global Affairs
- Seminar in International Relations
- Senior Seminar: US-China Relations
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