China, the West, and Democratization: The Struggle for the Local and Global in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

1st Edition

Luba von Hauff

February 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367030643 - CAT# K405460
Series: Routledge Studies on Challenges, Crises and Dissent in World Politics


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Drawing upon insights from international socialization theory and social psychology, this book examines China’s efforts to multi-polarize - and hence potentially de-liberalize - the international system from a local (non-democratic) perspective and then applies these insights to Beijing’s current global agency in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Specifically, the book scrutinizes Beijing’s normative engagement in Kazakhstan, a nation that evolved from an enthusiastic supporter of the West’s normative domination of international affairs into an overt critic - after having institutionalized relations with Beijing through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Tracing and juxtaposing the respective patterns of Kazakhstan’s political identity development before the SCO entered the region and after, this book not only yields unexpected conclusions about the quality of post-Soviet democratization outcomes, but also about Beijing’s local and global influence potentiality for the time to come – and its limits.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of China’s normative power, democratization studies, post-Soviet studies, and International Relations.

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