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The Authoritarian Century

China's Rise and the Demise of the Liberal International Order

By Chris Ogden

Published

Sep 13, 2022

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529205114

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 13, 2022

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529205138

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The Authoritarian Century

The rise of authoritarian movements presents an increasing illiberal trend in international affairs. A rapidly modernizing China is at the vanguard of this phenomenon. Does this signal the demise of western democracy and the dawn of an authoritarian era in world politics?

In this book, Chris Ogden argues that the world is on the verge of a capitulation to China’s preferred authoritarian order. As other world powers adopt such values, they are facilitating the normalization of this authoritarianism into a dominant global phenomenon. This shift, he says, will transform global institutions, human rights and political systems, and herald an authoritarian century.

Chris Ogden is Senior Lecturer in Asian Affairs at the University of St Andrews. He specialises in China, India and Asia’s rise to worldwide prominence, and works as a public commentator to improve our understanding of these important political dynamics in the contemporary world. Chris has previously taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Durham and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is a Visiting Scholar. He delivers many invited public talks, is regularly interviewed by global media organizations and frequently writes op-ed and analysis pieces. For more information, see https://chris-ogden.org/

Introduction: Whose International Order?

Chapter 1: Controlled Politics

Chapter 2: China’s Worldview

Chapter 3: Economic Ascent

Chapter 4: Competing Institutions

Chapter 5: Asian Behemoth

Chapter 6: The Global Stage

Conclusion: Realities and Eventualities