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Role Dynamics in a Structured Relationship: The EU-China Strategic Partnership
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8865-1443
Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Common Market Studies, ISSN 0021-9886, E-ISSN 1468-5965, Vol. 55, no 3, 611-627 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we investigate the function of strategic partnerships as a new type of state interaction in the international system. We are primarily interested in the dynamics of strategic partnerships and to that aim we analyze the competitive role-playing that occurs in the EU-China Strategic Partnership. We contend that EU and China engage in competitive role-playing in order to enhance their position and status as global actors and to seek recognition of their international roles. The interaction between the EU and China is analyzed throughout four periods in which their role conceptions have undergone change and adaptation. The article claims to make a theoretical contribution by developing the understanding of social interaction in the international system by conceptualizing strategic partnerships as arenas (structures) in which international roles play out, and an empirical contribution by tracing the complexities of the EU-China Strategic Partnership by utilizing role theory's conceptual apparatus.

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2016. Vol. 55, no 3, 611-627 p.
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European Union, China, strategic partnership, role theory, social interaction
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312278DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12505ISI: 000399003000012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-312278DiVA: diva2:1062960
Available from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2017-05-23Bibliographically approved

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