Role Dynamics in a Structured Relationship: The EU-China Strategic Partnership
2016 (English)In: Journal of Common Market Studies, ISSN 0021-9886, E-ISSN 1468-5965, 10.1111/jcms.12505Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, we investigate the function of strategic partnerships as a new type of state interactionin the international system. We are primarily interested in the dynamics of strategic partnershipsand to that aim we analyze the competitive role-playing that occurs in the EU–China StrategicPartnership. We contend that EU and China engage in competitive role-playing in order to enhancetheir position and status as global actors and to seek recognition of their international roles. Theinteraction between the EU and China is analyzed throughout four periods in which their roleconceptions have undergone change and adaptation. The article claims to make a theoreticalcontribution by developing the understanding of social interaction in the international system byconceptualizing strategic partnerships as arenas (structures) in which international roles play out,and an empirical contribution by tracing the complexities of the EU–China Strategic Partnershipby utilizing role theory’s conceptual apparatus.
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European Union, China, strategic partnership, role theory, social interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312278DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-312278DiVA: diva2:1062960