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Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy: The Micro-Macro Linkage Approach (review)

Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy: The Micro-Macro Linkage Approach (review) Reviews 593 Quansheng Zhao. Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy: The Micro-Macro Linkage Approach. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1996. xvii, 281 pp. Hardcover $65.00, isbn 0-19-587429-3. Paperback $19.95, ISBN 0-19-587430-7. There are numerous ways, and there have been many attempts, to interpret Chinese foreign policy. Professor Quansheng Zhao's book represents one of the most successful attempts in recent times. He sets out to achieve two goals: to give a comprehensive overview of the study of Chinese foreign policy and to demonstrate the fruitfulness of using a micro-macro approach to that study (p. 3). On both counts, he has succeeded admirably. The overview, laid out in the introductory chapter, is informative and useful to students and teachers alike. The last (eighth) chapter includes a rather innovative section on areas for further research, which will be of interest to aspiring postgraduate students of Chinese foreign policy. The academic value of the book lies in the second goal, that is, to show the usefulness of a micro-macro approach. By macro Zhao means the international environment that China faces and the institutional structure through which foreign-policy decisions are made. By micro he means the decision makers, individually or in small groups. Zhao is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy: The Micro-Macro Linkage Approach (review)

China Review International , Volume 4 (2) – Mar 30, 1997

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Reviews 593 Quansheng Zhao. Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy: The Micro-Macro Linkage Approach. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1996. xvii, 281 pp. Hardcover $65.00, isbn 0-19-587429-3. Paperback $19.95, ISBN 0-19-587430-7. There are numerous ways, and there have been many attempts, to interpret Chinese foreign policy. Professor Quansheng Zhao's book represents one of the most successful attempts in recent times. He sets out to achieve two goals: to give a comprehensive overview of the study of Chinese foreign policy and to demonstrate the fruitfulness of using a micro-macro approach to that study (p. 3). On both counts, he has succeeded admirably. The overview, laid out in the introductory chapter, is informative and useful to students and teachers alike. The last (eighth) chapter includes a rather innovative section on areas for further research, which will be of interest to aspiring postgraduate students of Chinese foreign policy. The academic value of the book lies in the second goal, that is, to show the usefulness of a micro-macro approach. By macro Zhao means the international environment that China faces and the institutional structure through which foreign-policy decisions are made. By micro he means the decision makers, individually or in small groups. Zhao is

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Published: Mar 30, 1997

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