Rekindling the Strong State in Russia and China offers a thorough analysis of the profound regeneration of the State and its intense interaction with the external projections of Russia and China. In the international political scene, leaderships are under constant negotiation. Financial crisis, social and cultural transformations, values setting and migration flows have a deep impact on global powers, leading to the appearance of new actors. At present, the assumed rise of a new axis between two emerging powers, such as Russia and China, effaces their different backgrounds, leading to misinterpretations of their positioning in the geopolitical arena.
This book is an essential and multifaceted guide aimed at understanding the deep changes that affect these two countries and their global aspirations.
Contributors are: Marco Puleri; Andrea Passeri; Marco Balboni; Carmelo Danisi; Mingjiang Li; Mahalakshmi Ganapathy; Rosa Mulè; Olga Dubrovina; Evgeny Mironov; Yongshun Cai; Vasil Sakaev; Eugenia Baroncelli; Sonia Lucarelli; Nicolò Fasola; Stefano Bianchini; Stanislav Tkachenko; Vitaly Kozyrev; Marco Borraccetti; Francesco Privitera; Antonio Fiori, Massimiliano Trentin; Arrigo Pallotti; Giuliana Laschi; Michael Leigh.
Stefano Bianchini is Professor of East European Politics and History at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. He’s the Executive Editor of the journal Southeastern Europe (Brill). His latest book is Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe (Edward Elgar, 2017).
Antonio Fiori is Associate Professor of International Relations of East Asia at the Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna. His latest (edited) book is The Korean Paradox. Domestic Political Divide and Foreign Policy in South Korea (Routledge, 2019).
Acknowledgments List of Contributors List of Maps, Tables and Figures List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction: Reshaping International Norms andState models? China and Russia’s New Role in the World Arena
Stefano Bianchini and Antonio Fiori
Part I: Managing State-Society Relations in Russia and China
2. In Search of “New Roots”: Towards a Situational Ideology in Putin’s Russia
3. Towards the “Great Rejuvenation”: State Nationalism, Shifting Identities, and Foreign Policy Choices in Contemporary China
4. Reframing Human Rights in Russia and China: How National Identity and National Interests Shape Relations with, and the Implementation of, International Law
Marco Balboni and Carmelo Danisi
5. The Emerging Influence of the Chinese Strong-State Model
Mingjiang Li and Mahalakshmi Ganapathy
6. Envisioning the Russian Welfare State Model: The New Political Economy of Gender and the Labour Market
Rosa Mulè and Olga Dubrovina
8. State and Social Protests in China
9. Migration Flows Between Russia and China: Legal and Social Implications
Part II: China and Russia in the Changing World: Opportunities and Sources of Competition
10. Global Shocks, Regional Conflicts and the Quest for Stable Prosperity: Which Way Forward for China and Russia?
11. NATO-Russia Relations through the Prism of Strategic Culture
Sonia Lucarelli and Nicolò Fasola
12. The Western Decline, Multipolarity and the Challenges of Identity in the Making of Russian Foreign Policy
13. BRICS and Development Alternatives: Russia and China
14. Engaging with European (Dis-)Integration. Russia in dialogue with Europe/s
15. Looking at the EU from the Russian and Chinese Perspectives
16. The Fight Against Human Trafficking in the European Union and Russia
Part III: Russia and China in Contested Regional Theatres: Some Case Studies
17. The Disputed Ukrainian Knot
18. Central Asia in China’s Energy Strategy
19. The Convergence of Differences: Russia and China in the Middle East and North Africa
20. The Chinese Penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Tanzania
21. Relations with the West: The Case Study of the EEC-USSR, as Viewed by the Community (1950-1991)
22. Postface: Europe’s Response to Challenges from China and Russia
23. Concluding Remarks
Stefano Bianchini and Antonio Fiori
All interested in political theory, nationalism studies, sociology and economic studies. Scholars and students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) from Russian and Asian studies are the primary audiences for the text.