Author profile: Michael Barr

Michael Barr is a senior lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University. He is author of Who’s Afraid of China? (Zed, 2011) and, Green Politics in China (with Joy Y. Zhang, Pluto, 2013). He is also an associate editor for the journal Politics. Read more of CSI-Newcastle.

China Dreamin’

China Dreamin’

The ‘China Dream’ and the confucian revival both appeal to a halcyon era but underlying them is a much deeper problem: what does it mean to be Chinese today?

Chinese Soft Power 2.0: The Politics of Fashion

Chinese Soft Power 2.0: The Politics of Fashion

Chinese soft power must be understood in light of China’s domestic politics as much as its international standing. The case of Peng Liuyan – better known as China’s First Lady – shows that this remains as true as ever.

Chinese Soft Power Starts at Home

Chinese Soft Power Starts at Home

Many Western analysts miss the fact that Chinese soft power is not merely a tool for building international relations. Just as important, its deployment is critical at home within the country as well as abroad. These differences are significant in practice, because they reflect the underlying differences in motivation and in stages of development.

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