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The Advocacy TrapTransnational Activism and State Power in China$
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Stephen Noakes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526119476

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526119476.001.0001

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The superpower’s dilemma: to appease, repress, or transform transnational advocacy networks?

The superpower’s dilemma: to appease, repress, or transform transnational advocacy networks?

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(p.1) Introduction The superpower’s dilemma: to appease, repress, or transform transnational advocacy networks?
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The Advocacy Trap
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Stephen Noakes

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526119476.003.0001

This introductory chapter spells out a crucial problem in the study of transnational networks from the perspective of international relations scholarship—if TANs are fundamentally ideational constructs, defined and driven by commitment to a core principle or cause, what are we to make of periodic changes to their mission and message? What is the role of China’s strong authoritarian state in shaping the trajectories and results of transnational advocacy campaigns? The chapter posits that the soft power of the state (backed by coercive capability) imposes incentives on TANs that can effect the various processes and pathways taken by advocacy campaigns. The chapter suggests that advocates and activists need to take the state and its structures seriously when crafting advocacy, given the causal influence these have over campaign trajectories and campaign results.

Keywords:   Transnationalism, Global civil society, China, Soft power, Activism, Advocacy

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