Prof. Chengxin Pan, associate professor of the department of Government and Public Relations of FSS, has recently published a co-edited book (with Prof. Emilian Kavalski) entitled China’s Rising and Rethinking International Relations Theory, Bristol University Press.
The book brings together leading scholars from Asia and the West, including John Agnew, Barry Buzan, L.H.M. Ling, Chih-yu Shih and Wang Jisi, to examine how the dynamics of China’s rise in world politics contributes to theory-building in International Relations (IR). The book demonstrates how the complex and transformative nature of China’s advancement is a point of departure for theoretical innovation and reflection in IR. It contends that ‘non-Western’ countries should not only be considered potential sources of knowledge production, but also original and legitimate focuses of IR theorizing in their own right.