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Rebranding ChinaContested Status Signaling in the Changing Global Order$
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Xiaoyu Pu

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781503606838

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503606838.001.0001

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Status Signaling in International Relations

Status Signaling in International Relations

(p.16) 2 Status Signaling in International Relations
Rebranding China

Xiaoyu Pu

Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses the theoretical framework of status signaling in international politics. Status signaling is the use of a particular subset of signals to convey the information that a state is asserting a particular standing in international society. In a general sense, status signaling is the mechanism of information transmission that aims to change or maintain a special type of status belief among relevant political actors. Each audience is different, so an emerging power sends different status signals. There are various means through which the national leaders can signal the preferred status of their nation. This chapter identifies strategies and tactics of status signaling: conspicuous consumption, conspicuous giving, and strategic spinning.

Keywords:   status, status signaling, conspicuous consumption, conspicuous giving, strategic spinning, role

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