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East Asia's Power Shift: The Flaws and Hazards of the Debate and How to Avoid Them
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (English)In: Asian Perspective, ISSN 0258-9184, E-ISSN 2288-2871, Vol. 38, no 3, 337-362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The widespread debate on an East Asian power shift is generally based on the crude notion that power and capability are interchangeable. We critique this view and offer the alternative that power is the capacity of actors and discourses to produce effects what we call relational and productive power, respectively. We also engage in a reflexive exercise by addressing the productive power of the power-shift debate itself, and emphasize the danger that this debate might enable the kind of realpolitik that it forebodes.

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2014. Vol. 38, no 3, 337-362 p.
Keyword [en]
Japan, power shift, productive power, relational power, rise of China
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107816ISI: 000340980600001OAI: diva2:752582


Available from: 2014-10-05 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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