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Contesting Revisionism: China, the United States, and the Transformation of International Order

Steve Chan, Huiyun Feng, Kai He, and Weixing Hu


What motivates states to act the way they do? This book focuses on a particular kind of motivation inclining a state to challenge the existing norms, rules, and institutions of international order. Specifically, it addresses the concept of revisionism, which has loomed large in international relations narratives but has remained largely understudied until recently. The authors offer a critique of the existing discourse on revisionism and investigate the historical origin and evolution of the foreign policy orientations of revisionist states in the past. They moreover introduce an ensemble of i ... More

Keywords: revisionism, power transition, international order, soft revisionism, hard revisionism, Sino-American relations, China, United States, international relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197580295
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197580295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Chan, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder

Huiyun Feng, author
Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

Kai He, author
Professor of International Relations, Griffith Asia Institute and Centre for Governance and Public Policy