GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

PhD, Professor of Politics and International Studies. Professor Breslin is the Co-Editor of the Pacific Review, Associate Fellow of the Asia Research Centre based at Murdoch University and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Centre for European Studies, Renmin University. He also sits on the Editorial Committee of the Review of International Studies, the China and World Economy and Fudan Review of International Relations

Research Area(s)

Political economy of China; China's international relations; East Asian regionalism.

Specific Research Interest(s)

Open to specific topics within International Political Economy ; Regionalisation of East Asia ; Chinese Foreign Policy; Chinese Domestic Politics

Teaching(s)

Programme director for the MA in International Politics and East Asia.

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

International Political Economy ; Regionalisation of East Asia ; Chinese Foreign Policy; Chinese Domestic Politics

Overview of Publications

Authored Books

Shaun Breslin, China and the Global Political Economy (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007; Paperback edition 2009).

Shaun Breslin, Mao (Harlow: Longman, 2000, first edition 1998).

(Estonian edition Olion: Tallin, 2001; Latvian edition Jumava: Riga, 2006; Vietnamese edition Alpha: Hanoi 2009)

Shaun Breslin, China in the 1980s: Centre-Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State (Basingstoke: Macmillan and New York: St Martins, 1996).

Rod Hague, Martin Harrop and Shaun Breslin, Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction (4th Edition) (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998) with Rod Hague and Martin Harrop.

Edited Collections

Shaun Breslin (ed) The Handbook of China’s International Relations (London: Europa/Routledge, 2010)

Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott (eds) The International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (London: Sage, 2010).

Volume I: Theorizing International Relations: Asia Views the World and the World Views Asia

Volume II: International Relations in Practice: Securities Old and New

Volume III: The International Political Economy of Development in East Asia

Volume IV: Regions and Regionalism

Simon Shen and Shaun Breslin (eds) Online Chinese Nationalism and Chinese Bilateral Relations (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010).

Shaun Breslin, Christopher Hughes, Nicola Phillips and Ben Rosamond (eds) New Regionalisms in the Global Political Economy: Theories and Cases (London: Routledge, 2002)

Shaun Breslin and Glenn Hook, Microregionalism and World Order (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002)

Edited Special Issues of Journals

Shaun Breslin (ed) Special Issue of East Asia: An International Journal on “EU and East Asia within an Evolving Global Order: Ideas, Actors and Processes” , Vol 27 No 1, 2010.

Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott (eds) Special Issue of New Political Economy on “Studying Regions”, Vol 5 No 3 November 2000.

International Capital Mobility in an Era of Globalisation: Adding a Political Dimension to the ‘Feldstein-Horioka Puzzle’’, Politics, 21 (2), 2001, 82-93.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Shaun Breslin, "China's Emerging Global Role: Disatisfied Great Power" in Politics, in press for December 2010.

Shaun Breslin, “Comparative Theory, China, and the Future of East Asian Regionalism(s)” in Review of International Studies, 36 (3) July 2010: 709-730.

Shaun Breslin, “The EU and Asia Within an Evolving Global Order: What is Europe? Where is Asia?” in East Asia: An International Journal, 27 (1) 2010.

Shaun Breslin, “The End of the World as we Know It? Li Minqi, China and the Death of Capitalism” in Journal of Contemporary Asia, 40 (1) 2010: 145-155.

Shaun Breslin, “Understanding China’s Regional Rise: Interpretations, Identities and Implications” in International Affairs, 85 (4) 2009: 779-813.

Shaun Breslin, "Do Leaders Matter? Chinese Politics, Leadership Transition and the 17th Party Congress", Contemporary Politics, 14 (2) 2008: 215-231.

Shaun Breslin and Ian Taylor, “Explaining the rise of ‘Human Rights’ in Analyses of Sino-African Relations”, Review of African Political Economy, (115) 2008: 59-71.

Shaun Breslin, “Why Growth Equals Power and Why it Shouldn’t: The Case of China’s Global Economic Role”, Journal of East Asian Public Policy, 1 (1) 2008: 3-17.

Shaun Breslin, “Supplying Demand or Demanding Supply? An Alternative Look at the Forces Driving East Asian Community Building”, Stanley Foundation Policy Analysis Brief, Stanley Foundation, Washington D.C., November 2007. Available at http://www.stanleyfoundation.org/resources.cfm?id=268. Strictly speaking not an article but a refereed working paper and I wasn't sure where else to put it.

Shaun Breslin, “The Political Economy of Development in China: Political Agendas and Economic Realities”, Development, 50 (3) 2007: 3–10.

Shaun Breslin, “Foreign Direct Investment in the People’s Republic of China: Preferences, Policies and Performance”, Policy and Society 25 (1) 2006: 9-38.

Shaun Breslin, “Trends of Scholarship in The Study of The Politics and International Relations of Contemporary China”, China Aktuell - Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, June 2006: 61-73.

Shaun Breslin, “Power and Production: Rethinking China’s Global Economic Role” in Review of International Studies31 (4) 2005: 735–753.

Shaun Breslin, “Greater China and the Political Economy of Regionalisation” in East Asia: An International Journal Vol 21 No 1 2004: 7-23.

Shaun Breslin, “Globalization, International Coalitions, and Domestic Reform” in Critical Asian Studies 36 (4) 2004: 657-675.

Shaun Breslin, “Beyond Diplomacy? UK Relations With China Since 1997” in British Journal of Politics and International Relations 6 (3) 2004: 409-425.

Shaun Breslin, “Reforming China’s Embedded Socialist Compromise: China and the WTO” in Global Change (Pacifica Review) 15 (3) 2003: 213-229

Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott, “New Regionalism in Historical Perspective” in Asia Europe Journal, 1 (2) May 2003: 167-182

Shaun Breslin, “Paradigm Shifts and Time-Lags? The Politics of Financial Reform in the People’s Republic of China” in Asian Business and Management 1 (2), April 2003:143-166

Shaun Breslin, “guoji guanxi xue, quyu yanjiu yu guoji zhengzhi jingji xu (International Relations, Area Studies and International Political Economy)” in Shijie Jingji yu Zhengzhi (World Economics and Politics) No3, 2003: 62-

Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott, “Studying Regions: Assessing the New, Learning from the Old” in New Political Economy 5 (3) November 2000: 333-353.

Shaun Breslin, “Wachstum auf Kosten der Entwicklung? Kritische Bestandsaufnahme des Exportorientierten Wachstums in China (Growth at the Expense of Development? Critical Reflections of Export Oriented Growth in China” in Prokla No. 119 June 2000: 211-228.

Shaun Breslin, “Decentralisation, Globalisation and China’s Partial Re-engagement with the Global Economy” in New Political Economy 5 (2), 2000: 205-226.

Shaun Breslin, “The Politics of Chinese Trade and the Asian Financial Crises: Questioning the Wisdom of Export Led Growth” in Third World Quarterly 20 (6) Dec 1999: 1179-1199.

Shaun Breslin, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Marketisation, Globalisation and the State Owned Sector in the PRChina” in Japon in Extenso (France) No 47&48, March-June 1998: 2-12.

Shaun Breslin, “The China Challenge? Environment, Development and National Security” Security Dialogue 28 (4) Dec 1997: 497-508.

Shaun Breslin, “China in East Asia: The Process and Implications of Regionalisation” in Pacific Review 9 (4) 1996: 463-487.

Shaun Breslin, “China: Developmental State or Dysfunctional Development” in Third World Quarterly 17 (4) 1996: 689-707.

Shaun Breslin, “Sustainable Development in China and the Local Competition State” in Sustainable Development 4 (2), Aug 1996: 103-8.

Shaun Breslin, “China’s Environmental Crisis In a Global Context” in Global Society 1 (2) 1996: 125-144

Shaun Breslin, “Difangzhuyi de Xingqi: Zhongguo Difangfenquan de Luoji (The Logic and Illogic of China’s Economic Reforms: The Development of Regionalism)” in Zhongguo Shehui Kexue Jikan (Chinese Social Sciences Quarterly) (Hong Kong University Press) May 1996: 126-137. Published in English in Lucie Borotová (ed) Selected Papers of the 10th Biannual Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies (Charles University: Prague, 1996).

Shaun Breslin, “China in the East Asian Regional Economy” in Japon in Extenso (France) No 38, Dec 1995.

Shaun Breslin, “China’s Interrupted Evolution” in The Journal Of Communist Studies Vol 8, No 1, March 1992: 63-83. Reprinted in Ronald Hill (ed.) Beyond Stalinism (London: Cass, 1992).

Chapters in edited collections

Shaun Breslin, “Oiling the Wheels of Foreign Policy? Energy Security and China’s International Relations” in Shaun Breslin (ed) The Handbook of China’s International Relations (London: Europa/Routledge, 2010): 64-75.

Shaun Breslin (2010) “Great Expectations: (Competing) Domestic Drivers of Chinese Policy Deliberations” in Simon Evenett (ed.) The US-Sino Currency Dispute: New Insights from Economics, Politics and Law (London: Centre for Economic Policy Research): 201-7.

Shaun Breslin, "Regions and Regionalism in World Politics" in Mark Beeson and Nick Beesley (eds) Issues in Twenty-first Century World Politics, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010): 33-51.

Simon Shen and Shaun Breslin “When China Plugged In: Structural Origins of Online Chinese Nationalism” in Simon Shen and Shaun Breslin (eds) Online Chinese Nationalism and Chinese Bilateral Relations (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010): 3-12.

Shaun Breslin and Simon Shen “Online Chinese nationalism(s): Comparisons and Findings” in Simon Shen and Shaun Breslin (eds) Online Chinese Nationalism and Chinese Bilateral Relations (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010): 263-282.

Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott (2010) “Studying the International Relations of the Asia Pacific: What is the Region? What are the Issues?” in Shaun Breslin and Richard Higgott (eds) The International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (London: Sage, 2010): xix-xxxix.

Shaun Breslin “Democratizing one-party rule in China” in Peter Burnell and Richard Youngs (eds) New Challenges to Democratization (London: Routledge, 2009): 136-154.

Shaun Breslin, “Towards a Sinocentric regional order? Empowering China and Constructing Regional Order(s)” in Chris Dent (ed) China, Japan and Regional Leadership in East Asia, (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008): 131-155.

Shaun Breslin, “Beyond the Disciplinary Heartlands: Studying China’s International Political Economy” in David Zweig and Chen Zhimin (eds) China’s Reforms and International Political Economy (London: Routledge, 2007): 21-41.

Shaun Breslin, “Global Governance and the United Nations" in Glenn Hook and Hugo Dobson (eds) Global Governance and Japan (London: Routledge, 2007): 194-214.

Shaun Breslin “Theorising East Asian Regionalism(s): New Regionalism and Asia’s Future(s)” in Melissa Curley and Nick Thomas (eds) Advancing East Asian Regionalism (London: Routledge, 2006): 26-51

Shaun Breslin, “diqu yanjiu, guoji guanxi he guoji zhengzhi jingji xue – zhongguo guoji guanxi yanjiu zai sikao (Area Studies, International Relations and International Political Economy: Rethinking the Study of China’s International Relations” in Chen Zhimin and David Zweig (eds) Guoji Zhengzhi Jingji Xue yu Zhongguo de Quanqiuhua (International Political Economy and China’s Globalisation) (Shanghai: Sanlian Publishers, 2006): 45-73.

Shaun Breslin, “China and Southeast Asia: The Political Economy of Production” in Garry Rodan, Kevin Hewison and Richard Robson (eds) The Political Economy of South-East Asia: Conflict, Crises and Change (3rd Edition) (Sydney: Oxford University Press, 2006): 303-323.

Shaun Breslin, “Serving the Market or Serving the Party: Illiberal Liberalism in China” in Richard Robison (ed) The Neoliberal Revolution (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006): 114-131.

Shaun Breslin, “Globalization, International Coalitions and Domestic Reform in China” in Garry Rodan and Kevin Hewison (eds) Neoliberalism and Conflict in Asia After 9/11 (London: Routledge, 2006): 123-140. (reprint of Critical Asian Studies Article cited above).

Shaun Breslin, “China and the Political Economy of Global Engagement” in Richard Stubbs and Geoffrey Underhill (eds) Political Economy And The Changing Global Order 3rd Edition (Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2005): 265-477.

Shaun Breslin “China’s Trade Policy” in Dominic Kelly and Wyn Grant (eds) The Politics of International Trade in the 21st Century: Actors, Issues and Regional Dynamics?(Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005): 346-66.

Shaun Breslin, “Análisis de China en una época de globalización: valores, epistemologies y economicia politica internacional” in Sean Golden (ed) Multilateralismo versus Unilateralismo en Asia: El Pseo Internacional de los Valores Asiáticos (Barcelona: CIDOB, 2004): 71-102.

Shaun Breslin, “Northeast Asia” in Anthony Payne (ed) The New Regional Politics of Development, (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004): 89-117.

Shaun Breslin, “China in the Asian Economy” in Barry Buzan and Rosemary Foot (eds) Does China Matter? A Reassessment (London: Routledge, 2004): 107-123.

Shaun Breslin, “East Asia” in Peter Burnell (ed) Democratisation through the Looking Glass (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003):169-187.

Shaun Breslin, “Learning to Live Without the Plan: Financial Reform in China” in Geoffrey Underhill and Xiaoke Zhang (eds) International Financial Governance under Stress: Global Structures versus National Imperatives (Cambridge: CUP, 2003): 203-222.

Shaun Breslin, Richard Higgott and Ben Rosamond, “Regions in Comparative Perspective” in Breslin, Hughes, Phillips and Rosamond (eds) New Regionalisms in the Global Political Economy: Theories and Cases (London: Routledge, 2002)

Shaun Breslin and Glenn Hook, “Micro-regionalism and World Order: Concepts, Approaches and Implications” in Breslin and Hook (eds) Microregionalism and World Order (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2002): 1-22.

Shaun Breslin and Glenn Hook, “Researching Microregional Integration: Towards New Frameworks of Analysis” in Breslin and Hook (eds) Microregionalism and World Order (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002): 215-236.

Shaun Breslin, “China: Geopolitics and the Political Economy of Hesitant Integration” in Richard Stubbs and Geoffrey Underhill (eds) Political Economy And The Changing Global Order (Ontario: Oxford University Press, 1999): 392-405.

Shaun Breslin, “Made in China: La Crescita del Commercio Cinese” in Marta Dassu (ed) Oriente in Rosso: La Cina e la Crisi Asiatica (Rome: Guerini, 1999): 81-106.

Shaun Breslin, “China: The Challenge of Reform, Region-Building and Globalisation” in Grugel, J. and Hout, W. (eds) Regionalism Across the North-South Divide (London: Routledge, 1998): 95-112.

Shaun Breslin, “quanqiu beijing xia zhongguode huanjing weiji (The Global Background To China’s Environmental Crisis)” in Song Xinning and Zhang Xiaojin (eds) Zouxiang Ershiyi Shiji de Zhongguo yu Ouzhou (China and Europe Towards the Twenty First Century (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Social Science Publishers, 1997): 217-257.

Shaun Breslin, “China’s Integration into the Regional Economy” in Sam Dzever and Jacques Jassaud (eds) Perspectives on Economic Integration and Business Strategy in The Asia-Pacific Region (London: Macmillan, 1997): 92-120.

Shaun Breslin, “The Changing Centre/Provinces Paradigm and the Policy Making Process in Post-Mao China” in Henri Claude de Bettignies (ed.) Business Transformation in China (London: International Thomson Business Press, 1996): 3-24.

Shaun Breslin, “Centre and Province in China” in Bob Benewick and Paul Wingrove (eds.) China In the 1990s (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995): 63-73.

Shaun Breslin, “China’s Political Economy in the Post Cold War Era: From Plan to What?” in Lovenduski and Stanyer (eds.) Contemporary Political Studies 1995 (York: PSA, 1995).

Shaun Breslin, “The Foreign Policy Bureaucracy” in Gerry Segal (ed.) Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy Reform (London: Routledge, 1990).

Shanxi: China’s Powerhouse” in David Goodman (ed.) China’s Regional Development (London: Routledge, 1989).

Miscellaneous non-refereed Publications (policy briefs, working papers etc)

Shaun Breslin and Simon Shen (2010) “Online Chinese Nationalism” a Chatham House Programme paper, available online at http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/publications/papers/view/-/id/942/

Shaun Breslin, “China Engages Asia: The Soft Notion of China’s Soft Power” in Ethos, 8, 2010:5-11.

Shaun Breslin, “State-led Development in Historical Perspective: From Freidrich List to a Chinese Mode of Governance?” in the conference proceedings of The Global Financial Crisis: International Impacts and Responses (Beijing: Beijing Forum/Beijing University, 2009): 78-109.

Shaun Breslin, “Participation and Democratisation” in China Review, Autumn 2009: 4-7.

Shaun Breslin “China and Developing Countries: Identities and Actors” background briefing paper for Oxfam Australia, June 2009.

Shaun Breslin, “China: Democratising One Party Rule?”, Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior Working Paper, September 2008. Available at http://www.fride.org/publication/486/china-democratising-one-party-rule

Shaun Breslin, “Global Perspectives 2008: China” part of on-line Roundtable debate for International Affairs Forum available at http://www.ia-forum.org/Content/ForumContent.cfm?ForumTopicID=18

Shaun Breslin, “Supplying Demand or Demanding Supply? An Alternative Look at the Forces Driving East Asian Community Building”, Stanley Foundation Policy Analysis Brief, Stanley Foundation, Washington D.C., November 2007. Available at http://www.stanleyfoundation.org/resources.cfm?id=268

Shaun Breslin, “Supplying Demand or Demanding Supply? An Alternative Look at the Forces Driving East Asian Community Building”, Stanley Foundation Policy Analysis Brief, Stanley Foundation, Washington D.C., November 2007. Available at http://www.stanleyfoundation.org/resources.cfm?id=268

Shaun Breslin, “Other Actors Get Lion's Share from China Trade” in Shanghai Daily 26 September 2006: A6.

Shaun Breslin, “Report on ‘Institute of industrial strategies and policies’ Doi Moi Review Paper on Industrial Reform in Vietnam” Written paper for UNDP project on industrial reform in Vietnam in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, March 2006.

Shaun Breslin, “Industrial Reform in Vietnam: Any Lessons from China?” Written paper for UNDP project on industrial reform in Vietnam in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, January 2006

Shaun Breslin, “Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: the Public, the Private and the International” Murdoch University Asia Research Centre Working Paper 104, 2004. Available a http://wwwarc.murdoch.edu.au/wp/wp104.pdf

Shaun Breslin, “Japan and Greater China” short review article in Journal of Japanese Studies 29 (2) 2003: 484-488.

Shaun Breslin “Growth without Delvelopment: Imagining China's Political Economy” BISA IPEG Working Paper No 6, 2002.

Shaun Breslin, “Beyond Bilateralism: Rethinking the Study of China's International Relations” ANU National Europe Centre Working PaperNo.36, 2002. Available at http://www.anu.edu.au/NEC/Archive/breslin.pdf

Shaun Breslin, “Beyond Diplomacy ?” in China Review 19, Summer 2001: 23-26

Shaun Breslin, “Growth at the Expense of Development? Chinese Trade and Export-Led Growth Reconsidered” Business Institute Berlin an der Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft Berlin Working Paper 11, 2000.

Shaun Breslin, “The Virtual Market” in China Review 17, Autumn/Winter 2000: 22-24.

Shaun Breslin, “China’s Response to Democratisation in Taiwan” in Global Dialogue 5 (2) September 2000: 27-8.

Shaun Breslin, “Implications of China's admission to the WTO” in Global Dialogue 5 (1) May 2000.

Shaun Breslin, “Tug of War” in China Review 13, Summer 1999: 17-19.

Shaun Breslin, “The Limits of Economic Reform” in New Political Economy Vol 3, No 3, 1998: 439-441

Shaun Breslin, “Reform, Rhetoric and Reaction in China” in The Pacific Review Vol 5, No 4, 1992: 409-411.

Shaun Breslin, “The Future of China” in Third World Quarterly Vol 9, No 4, 1987: 1341-1344.

Shaun Breslin, “China Crisis Management” in Times Higher Education Supplement 25 Nov 1994, p.29.

Shaun Breslin, “Maoism: An Assessment” in Deckers (ed) Mao Zedong in the Scales of History (London: Richmond College, 1992).

Shaun Breslin, “China in Crisis?” in The Pacific Review 2 (3), 1989: 252-255.

Shaun Breslin, “A Provincial Perspective on Reform: Shanxi in 1989” in Bulletin of the British Association of Chinese Studies 1989: 40-48.

Shaun Breslin, From Mao to Markets private paper for Lloyds of London, 1987.

Academic conferences/Research seminars

As organiser

With Wang Yong (Beijing University), organiser of Comparative Regional Economic Governance: Learning from Crises?, Beijing University, Beijing, forthcoming in June 2010.

Comparative Regional Governance: Economics, Security, Environment, Garnet Network of Excellence Conference, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, March 2009.

With Chris Hughes (Warwick) and Martin Gainsborough (Bristol) Responses to China’s Regional Rise, Political Studies Association Pacific Asia Specialist Group Annual Workshop, Warwick, January 2009.

With Mario Telo (ULB, Belgium) and David Camroux (CERI, Paris) organiser of The EU and EAST ASIA within an Evolving Global Order: Ideas, Actors and Processes