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Governance, Security and Development

Order, Contestation and Ontological Security-Seeking in the South China Sea

Authors: Heritage, Anisa, Lee, Pak K.

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  • Draws on not only the study of Southeast Asian maritime history and international law, but more importantly international order and national identity theories
  • Exposes the consequences of historical and present negative identification and misrecognition of great power roles on order- and consensus-building in the South China Sea
  • Highlights the challenges for great powers if they seek to change the status quo without garnering social consent
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This book examines the South China Sea territorial disputes from the perspective of international order. The authors argue that both China and the US are attempting to impose their respective preferred orders to the region and that the observed disputes are due to the clash of two competing order-building projects. Ordering the maritime space is essential for these two countries to validate their national identities and to achieve ontological security. Because both are ontological security-seeking states, this imperative gives them little room for striking a grand bargain between them. The book focuses on how China and the US engage in practices and discourses that build, contest, and legitimise the two major ordering projects they promote in the region. It concludes that China must act in its legitimation strategy in accordance with contemporary publicly accepted norms and rules to create a legitimate maritime order, while the US should support ASEAN in devising a multilateral resolution of the disputes.

About the authors

Anisa Heritage is Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK.
Pak K. Lee is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics and International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-23

    Heritage, Anisa (et al.)

  • Theoretical Framework: International Order-Building, Ontological Security and Legitimation

    Pages 25-54

    Heritage, Anisa (et al.)

  • American Construction of Regional Order in the Asia-Pacific, 1945–1955

    Pages 55-104

    Heritage, Anisa (et al.)

  • Developments in Regional Maritime Order from the 1970s: UNCLOS and the US Principle of Freedom of Navigation

    Pages 105-137

    Heritage, Anisa (et al.)

  • China’s Contestation of US Order-Building

    Pages 139-163

    Heritage, Anisa (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Order, Contestation and Ontological Security-Seeking in the South China Sea
Authors
Series Title
Governance, Security and Development
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34807-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34807-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-34806-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 265
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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