International Relations in China and Europe: the Case for Interregional Dialogue in a Hegemonic Discipline

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The international relations (IR) discipline is known as an ‘American Social Science’ dominated by scholars and theories from the US core. This paper compares IR in two noncore settings, China and Europe. It shows that there is a growing institutional and intellectual integration into global Anglophone, mostly American, IR in both Europe and China. Both Chinese and European IR communities have established top Anglophone journals like the European Journal of International Relations and the Chinese Journal of International Politics to spearhead their integration into mainstream Anglophone IR and carve out a space for regional thinking. Yet, the analysis of their publication and citation patterns shows that IR outside the American core communicates through a hub-and-spokes system where there is always a connection to the American core but rarely very strong linkages to other peripheral regions. The two journals studied thus function as outlets for ‘local’ and American scholars, rely on ‘local’ and American sources, and there is very little integration and exchange between Chinese and European IR. Chinese and European IR would benefit from such a dialogue, especially regarding ‘schools’ of IR at the margins of an ‘American social science’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalPacific Review
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)161-187
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - international relations discipline, hegemony, Chinese amd Europeam schools of IR, Sino-European dialogue, sociology of science

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