A "China in the World" Paradigm for Scholarship.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this introduction to the special issue, we use the expression "China in the world" paradigm to define scholarship that purposefully migrates across the traditional borders of comparative politics and international relations in the study of China. We argue that such a paradigm represents a view that many issues of Chinese domestic politics are now issues of international politics; as a result, domestic politics in a globalized contemporary China often cannot be sufficiently understood without considering international consequences. More than this, the paradigm is about scholarly attentiveness to the fact that the politics in China that we study also shapes how the rest of the world views China. We describe the paradigm and its antecedents in the scholarly literature. We then illustrate, with reference to three momentous events that captured public attention around the world in 2020, the paradigm's usefulness as a perspective to scholars reaching out to engage intellectually on contemporary affairs in an environment in which global responses to China require nuanced knowledge as all parties seek to avoid dangerous pitfalls. We conclude by summarizing the five articles included in the special issue and the broader implications of the "China in the world" paradigm.

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Cited Authors

  • Fravel, MT; Manion, M; Wang, Y

Published Date

  • January 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 17

PubMed ID

  • 33716323

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7938288

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-3606

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12116-021-09317-w


  • eng