China's Challenge to Liberal Norms

The Durability of International Order

  • Catherine Jones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Catherine Jones
    Pages 1-24
  3. Conceptual Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Catherine Jones
      Pages 27-42
    3. Catherine Jones
      Pages 43-56
  4. Re-Interpreting Sovereignty by Contesting Norms: China and the United Nations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Catherine Jones
      Pages 139-175
    3. Catherine Jones
      Pages 177-182
  5. Evolution or Revolution in International Aid Practices? China and International Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Catherine Jones
      Pages 245-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-294

About this book


Is China challenging liberal norms or being socialised to them? This book argues that China is incrementally pushing for re-interpretation of liberal norms, but, the result is that rather than being illiberal, this reinterpretation produces norms that are differently liberal and more akin to the liberal pluralism of the 1990s. In developing this argument, the author presents a novel way to understand and assess these incremental changes, and the causes of them. The book’s empirical chapters explore China’s views on norms of sovereignty and intervention, and aid and development, contrasting them against the current western liberal practices, but making the case that they are congruent with the attitudes understood as being broadly liberal-pluralist. This book will appeal to students seeking to understand how rising states may affect the current institutions of international order, and make assessments of how fast that order may change. It will also appeal to scholars working on China and institutions by aiding the development of new lines of enquiry. 


China and liberal norms China and international order China as a normative power socialised to liberal norms re-interpretation of liberal norms China and sovereignty China and international intervention China and international aid China and international development China and western liberal practices China and western attitudes lilberal-pluralist attitudes China's conceptual power concepts of international order normative change China and the United Nations China and the Responsibility to Protect China and liberal development China's global power China and international institutions

Authors and affiliations

  • Catherine Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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