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The New Age of Hybridity and Clash of Norms: China, BRICS and Challenges of Global Governance in a Post-liberal International Order

Kutlay, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4942-1001 and Onis, Z. (2020). The New Age of Hybridity and Clash of Norms: China, BRICS and Challenges of Global Governance in a Post-liberal International Order. Alternatives: global, local, political, doi: 10.1177/0304375420921086

Abstract

This article sketches an analytical framework to account for new patterns of global governance. We characterize the emergent post-liberal international order as a new age of hybridity, which signifies that no overriding set of paradigms dominate global governance. Instead we have a complex web of competing norms, which creates new opportunities as well as major elements of instability, uncertainty and anxiety. In the age of hybridity, non-Western great powers (led by China) play an increasingly counter-hegemonic role in shaping new style multilateralism – ontologically fragmented, normatively inconsistent, and institutionally incoherent. We argue that democracy paradox constitutes the fundamental issue at stake in this new age of hybridity. On the one hand, global power transitions seem to enable ‘democratization of globalization’ by opening more space to the hitherto excluded non-Western states to make their voices heard. On the other hand, emerging pluralism in global governance is accompanied by the regression of liberal democracy and spread of illiberalism that enfeeble ‘globalization of democratization.’

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Kutlay, M. and Onis, Z. (2020). The New Age of Hybridity and Clash of Norms: China, BRICS and Challenges of Global Governance in a Post-liberal International Order. Alternatives: global, local, political. Copyright © 2020, the authors. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0304375420921086.
Publisher Keywords: age of hybridity, post-liberal international order, BRICS, global financial crisis
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 14:11
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24031
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