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Japan's China Policy: A Relational Power Analysis by Linus Hagström

By Linus Hagström

Japan's China Policy is aware Japan's international coverage when it comes to power - probably the most crucial techniques of political research. It contributes a clean knowing to the topic through constructing relational strength as an analytical framework and by means of utilizing it to major matters in Japan's China coverage: the negotiations for a bilateral funding safeguard treaty and the disputed top (Senkaku/Diaoyu) Islands.

Hagström demonstrates that Japan exerted energy over China in such divergent empirical settings for the main half by utilizing civilian tools certainly, defensively and during non-action. on condition that Japan's overseas coverage is usually portrayed particularly enigmatically by way of energy, the original contribution of Japan's China Policy is to illustrate how you can learn energy elements of Japan's overseas coverage in a extra coherent fashion.

This revealing method of Japan's overseas coverage may be of big curiosity to a person learning jap politics, international coverage or foreign relations.

1. advent: Enigmatic strength? 2. Conceptual and Analytical Framework: Relational energy three. Empirical concentration: Japan's China coverage four. Case 1: Negotiating funding safety five. Case 2: interplay over the top Islands 6. Conclusions and Reflections: Intelligible strength Reference checklist

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Isaac 1992:45), the meaning assigned to words change, and Lukes, Bachrach and Baratz, and Dahl and others have contributed to such a change in the social sciences (Ball 1988:86–91). The next section first presents the ‘three dimensions of power’ in their own right. With Lukes and his predecessors as the starting point, the ensuing section then turns to the question how to conceptualize power in this study. It does so by scrutinizing a number of discussions raised in connection with the threedimensional definition.

Indeed, both ideational and material factors can function as techniques of statecraft or policy instruments. The process orientation of the relational concept—in particular, its emphasis on the power mechanism—moreover entails an interest in the actors that are responsible for Japan’s case-specific China policy. This approach thus puts emphasis on both policy instruments and policy-makers. The above considerations result in the following research questions: What was Japan’s China policy in the two previously mentioned cases?

34 However, the reason for Realists not to call Japan a ‘military power’, and for Neorealists not to raise it to the ranks of ‘great power’, is that the connection between capability and outcome is regarded as unclear in the case of Japan. e. for ‘conquest and expansion’ (Schweller 1998:21, in Rynning and Guzzini 2001:8), or, in other words, by taking security considerations and waging wars. This state of affairs renders Japan enigmatic to them. Although it contradicts the view of power in both IR theories, scholars of such convictions would thus seem to be in tacit agreement with pluralist Robert Dahl that, ‘a potential for control is not, except in a peculiarly Hobbesian world, equivalent to actual control’ (1958:37).

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