Rational Nationalism on the Rise: Chinese Public Opinion and Foreign Relations.
Abstract: Domestic Chinese nationalistic protest can be leveraged to change
the behavior of other states. With a mix of grassroots initiation and government support,
protest can escalate to violent actions particularly targeting historical grievances in
bilateral relations with Japan, France, and the United States yet not arising with respect
to Southeast Asian nations. The Chinese government ... read moreresponse to these protests is based on
signaling to the secondary state, how effective the protests are in achieving diplomatic
gains, and the level of domestic stability. In several modern cases, this "rational
nationalism" goes beyond signals to actual international negotiating leverage. This
dissertation will examine Chinese nationalism and foreign relations on three levels: first,
when protest will arise in response to an international incident; second, what explains
Chinese official response to nationalism based on signaling and concerns of domestic
stability; and, finally, why outside states will change their behavior or policies in
response to nationalistic protest in China.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Diplomacy, History, and Politics.
Advisor: Alan Henrikson.
Committee: Robert Pfatlzgraff, and Toshi Yoshihara.
Keywords: International relations, Asian studies, and Political science.read less