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Theoretical Rigor and the Study of Contemporary Cases: Explaining Post-Cold War China-Russia Relations

Yoder, Brandon

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It has been widely noted that China and Russia have grown progressively closer over the last two decades. Although the scholarly literature has offered detailed descriptions and various ad hoc explanations of this trend, the Sino-Russian bilateral relationship has been the subject of very little scrutiny using rigorous theory, which has obstructed hypothesis formation and evaluation. Moreover, the cooperative post-Cold War trend in the bilateral relationship seems puzzling for baseline versions...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorYoder, Brandon
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-29T03:36:59Z
dc.identifier.citationYoder, B.K. Theoretical rigor and the study of contemporary cases: explaining post-cold war China–Russia relations. Int Polit 57, 741–759 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41311-019-00173-z
dc.identifier.issn1384-5748
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/220336
dc.description.abstractIt has been widely noted that China and Russia have grown progressively closer over the last two decades. Although the scholarly literature has offered detailed descriptions and various ad hoc explanations of this trend, the Sino-Russian bilateral relationship has been the subject of very little scrutiny using rigorous theory, which has obstructed hypothesis formation and evaluation. Moreover, the cooperative post-Cold War trend in the bilateral relationship seems puzzling for baseline versions of each of the major paradigms of international relations theory: realism, constructivism and liberalism. The papers in this special issue develop and apply nuanced theoretical arguments to derive testable hypotheses for the cooperative trend in China–Russia relations. In contrast to existing scholarship, these papers offer generalizable insights that both improve our understanding of a crucially important contemporary case, while also advancing IR theory in substantial ways.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
dc.rights© 2019 Springer Nature Limited
dc.sourceInternational Politics: a journal of transnational issues and global problems
dc.subjectInternational relations theory
dc.subjectChina-Russia relations
dc.subjectCausality
dc.subjectQualitative methods
dc.subjectUS-China relations
dc.subjectUS-Russia relations
dc.titleTheoretical Rigor and the Study of Contemporary Cases: Explaining Post-Cold War China-Russia Relations
dc.typeJournal article
dc.date.issued2020-02-06
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.absfor160606 - Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB11621
local.publisher.urlhttps://link.springer.com/
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationYoder, Brandon, School of Politics and International Relations, CASS Research School of Social Sciences
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.identifier.doi10.1057/s41311-019-00173-z
local.identifier.absseo970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
local.identifier.absseo940301 - Defence and Security Policy
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