Rekindling the Strong State in Russia and China

Domestic Dynamics and Foreign Policy Projections


Volume Editors: Stefano Bianchini and Antonio Fiori
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.

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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).
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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
Marco Puleri

3. Towards the “Great Rejuvenation”: State Nationalism, Shifting Identities, and Foreign Policy Choices in Contemporary China
Andrea Passeri

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

7. Reshaping the Strong-State Model: Dmitrii Medvedev’s “Failed Modernisation”
Evgeny Mironov

8. State and Social Protests in China
Yongshun Cai

9. Migration Flows Between Russia and China: Legal and Social Implications
Vasil Sakaev

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?
Eugenia Baroncelli

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
Stefano Bianchini

13. BRICS and Development Alternatives: Russia and China
Stanislav Tkachenko

14. Engaging with European (Dis-)Integration. Russia in dialogue with Europe/s
Marco Puleri

15. Looking at the EU from the Russian and Chinese Perspectives
Vitaly Kozyrev

16. The Fight Against Human Trafficking in the European Union and Russia
Marco Borraccetti

Part III: Russia and China in Contested Regional Theatres: Some Case Studies

17. The Disputed Ukrainian Knot
Francesco Privitera

18. Central Asia in China’s Energy Strategy
Antonio Fiori

19. The Convergence of Differences: Russia and China in the Middle East and North Africa
Massimiliano Trentin

20. The Chinese Penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Tanzania
Arrigo Pallotti

21. Relations with the West: The Case Study of the EEC-USSR, as Viewed by the Community (1950-1991)
Giuliana Laschi

22. Postface: Europe’s Response to Challenges from China and Russia
Michael Leigh

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.