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Europe, China, and the Limits of Normative Power
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Europe, China, and the Limits of Normative Power

9781788975810 Edward Elgar Publishing
Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, Affiliated Scholar, Department of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Consultant on China and the Korean Peninsula, Human Rights Without Frontiers
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78897 581 0 Extent: 192 pp
Europe, China, and the Limits of Normative Power is a groundbreaking book, offering insights into European influence regarding China’s development, during a period when Europe confronts its most serious political, social, and economic crises of the post-war period. Considering Europe’s identity and its future international relevance, this book examines the extent to which Europe’s multi-layered governance structure, the normative divergence overshadowing EU–China relations and Europe’s crises continue to shape – and often limit – Europe’s capacity to inspire China’s development.

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Europe, China, and the Limits of Normative Power is a groundbreaking book, offering insights into European influence regarding China’s development, during a period when Europe confronts its most serious political, social, and economic crises of the post-war period. Considering Europe’s identity and its future international relevance, this book examines the extent to which Europe’s multi-layered governance structure, the normative divergence overshadowing EU–China relations and Europe’s crises continue to shape – and often limit – Europe’s capacity to inspire China’s development.

Combining original research, interviews with EU and Chinese officials and academics, and practical experience of European institutional practice, Ferenczy examines EU–China relations in light of recent EU institutional reforms and the EU’s continuous efforts to shape a common external policy vision. Drawing on the assessment of Europe as a ‘normative power’ this book reflects on the notions of European identity and global influence in the context of substantial shifts in power. As Europe grapples with internal challenges, and China emerges as a global power, Ferenczy avoids the trap of dismissing Europe as facing inevitable decline on the one hand and uncritical affirmations of China’s emergence as a global power on the other. Instead, taking both a constructivist and realist approach, Europe, China, and the Limits of Normative Power highlights the power of ideas at the heart of European normative power, as well as the power of interest, which is thoroughly relevant to China’s global aspirations. While a fragile and fragmented Europe has become more vulnerable to Chinese influence, China’s motivations to maximize national interests cannot be dissociated from the social element of its interaction with Europe and its power of example, where norms matter.
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‘This very readable book should attract a broad readership as it will be essential reading for academics and experts working on EU-China relations as well as the general public seeking a better understanding of the interaction between two of the foremost global actors in international relations.’
– Fraser Cameron, EU-Asia Centre

‘This is a thoroughly researched book, a unique and important contribution to the debate about the EU–China relations and the effectiveness of normative power more broadly. It is relevant to both practitioners and scholars.’
– Jonathan Holslag, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
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Contents: 1. Introduction: The State of EU-China Relations 2. European Foreign Policy Dynamics 3. The Art of Influence 4. Human rights: Matters of Emphasis 5. Civil society 6. Rule of Law: Theory and Practice 7. The Environment 8. Development Cooperation in Africa 9. Concluding Remarks: Looking Ahead Bibliography Interviews Index


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