Canary in the Coal Mine? China, the UNGA and the Changing World Order

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Title: Canary in the Coal Mine? China, the UNGA and the Changing World Order
Authors: Brazys, Samuel
Dukalskis, Alexander
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Date: 2017
Abstract: How China assumes its position of superpower is one of the most important questions regarding global order in the 21st century. While considerable and sustained attention has been paid to China’s growing economic and military might, work examining how China is attempting, if at all, to influence the ecosystem of global norms is in its earlier stages. In this article we examine China’s actions in an important venue for the development of global norms, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Using a unique dataset that captures how other countries move into or out of alignment with China on UNGA resolutions that are repeated over time, we find statistical evidence that China used diplomatic and economic means in an attempt to subtly alter international norms. We further illustrate these findings by examining four states that made substantive moves toward China on resolutions concerning national sovereignty, democracy, international order, non-interference, and human rights.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Review of International Studies
Volume: 43
Issue: 4
Start page: 742
End page: 764
Keywords: ChinaInternational normsUnited NationsUNGAHuman rightsDiplomacyTradeInternational organizations
DOI: 1017/S0260210517000067
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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