William Hurst - How Domestic and International Politics Shape China's International Relations
|Dates:||7 March 2023|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester China Institute|
|Speaker:||Professor William Hurst|
(IN-PERSON) A conversation between Professor William Hurst of Cambridge University and MCI Director, Professor Pete Gries on how ever-shifting domestic and foreign policy continues to shape China's international relations and global position.
Most international relations scholarship ignores or oversimplifies the role of domestic politics. Conversely, most analysis of domestic politics, even in reference to the making and implementation of foreign policy, downplays or occludes the influence of international factors. Only by looking at the two in tandem can we make significant headway. Ruling governing coalitions make foreign policy largely to advance domestic political aims and agendas, but they do so in international structural environments that incentivise and constrain their strategies and behaviour.
By looking at China’s relationships with the United States and several Southeast Asian countries over time, I propose a theory of interaction between domestic and international factors to explain the dynamics of Chinese foreign policy and international relations more broadly.
Professor William Hurst
Role: Chonghua Professor of Chinese Development
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Biography: William Hurst works on labor politics, contentious politics, political economy, and the politics of law and legal institutions, principally in China and Indonesia. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the comparative politics of law and legal institutions in China and Indonesia since 1949. For this work, he has completed more than one year of fieldwork in each country since 2006. He has been at Northwestern University since 2013 before he was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford and an assistant professor at the Universities of Texas and Toronto.
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