The advocacy trap: Transnational networks and state power in China Event as iCalendar

(Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences)

14 March 2018

3 - 4pm

Venue: Pat Hanan Room (207-501)

Location: Cultures, Languages and Linguistics Building

Dr Stephen Noakes

What does China's rise mean for transnational civil society? What happens when global activist networks engage a powerful and norm-resistant new hegemon?

The advocacy trap combines detailed ethnographic research with cross-case comparisons to identify key factors underpinning variation in the results and processes of advocacy on a range of issues affecting both China and the world, including global warming, intellectual property rights, HIV/AIDS treatment, the use of capital punishment, suppression of the Falun Gong religious movement, and Tibetan independence. Built on a unique blend of comparative and international theory, it advances the notion of 'advocacy drift': a process whereby the objectives and principled beliefs of activists are transformed through interaction with the Chinese state.

The book offers a timely reassessment of transnational civil society, including its power to persuade and to leverage the policies of national governments.

Stephen Noakes is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland.

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