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Global Power Shift

Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific?

The Rise of China, Sino-US Competition and Regional Middle Power Allegiance

Authors: Fels, Enrico

  • Provides an accurate portrait of regional power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Assesses Sino-US competition by quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Presents a novel concept for measuring power in international relations by outlining a composite index on aggregated power
  • Addresses and conceptualizes the importance of middle powers such as Australia, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia in times of great power competition 
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About this book

This book investigates whether a power shift has taken place in the Asia-Pacific region since the end of the Cold War. By systematically examining the development of power dynamics in Asia-Pacific, it challenges the notion that a wealthier and militarily more powerful China is automatically turning the regional tides in its favour. With a special emphasis on Sino-US competition, the book explores the alleged linkage between the regional distribution of relevant material and immaterial capabilities, national power and the much-cited regional power shift.

The book presents a novel concept for measuring power in international relations by outlining a composite index on aggregated power (CIAP) that includes 55 variables for 44 regional countries and covers a period of twenty years. Moreover, it develops a middle power theory that outlines the significance of middle powers in times of major power shifts. By addressing political, military and economic cooperation via a structured-focused comparison and by applying a comparative-historical analysis, the book analyses in depth the bilateral relations of six regional middle powers to Washington and Beijing. 

About the authors

Enrico Fels is a research fellow and lecturer at the Center for Global Studies (CGS), University of Bonn. He holds a Bachelors degree from Ruhr-University Bochum in Political Science, Economics and Sociology and has a Masters degree from the Australian National University in Strategic Studies, where he also was a T.B. Millar Scholar in Strategic and Defence Studies. Enrico received his PhD from Bonn University. He is regularly presenting at international conferences, publishes his research in books and articles and is frequently invited to give lectures. Enrico leads the CGS research group on “Security and Diplomacy” and is co-editor to the book Power in the 21st Century. International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World (Springer, 2012). His research interests and expertise include traditional and non-traditional security issues, international political economics as well as the strategic and geoeconomic consequences of an emerging Asia to Europe and the United States. 

Reviews

“Enrico Fels, a research fellow at the University of Bonn, marshals a staggering amount of empirical and theoretical data in attributing the global power transition to decentralized shifting allegiances—foremost in the Asia-Pacific area—and to fluid realignments indicative of the ceaseless yet immensely more complex balancing, unbalancing, and rebalancing of power. … Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific? … provides a useful corrective to the previous two US-centric studies.” (Aharon Klieman, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, July, 2017)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Opening the Floor: The Rivalry Between Eagle and Dragon in Asia-Pacific

    Fels, Enrico

    Pages 1-84

  • Theoretical Framework: Realism as a Lens for Analysis

    Fels, Enrico

    Pages 85-152

  • Power in International Relations

    Fels, Enrico

    Pages 153-193

  • Towards a Middle Power Theory in International Relations

    Fels, Enrico

    Pages 195-223

  • Taking Stock of Asia-Pacific’s Tangible Power Changes: Measuring Aggregate Power

    Fels, Enrico

    Pages 225-340

Buy this book

eBook $219.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45689-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $279.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45688-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shifting Power in Asia-Pacific?
Book Subtitle
The Rise of China, Sino-US Competition and Regional Middle Power Allegiance
Authors
Series Title
Global Power Shift
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45689-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45689-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45688-1
Series ISSN
2198-7343
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 768
Number of Illustrations and Tables
27 illustrations in colour
Topics