In The Advocacy Trap: Transnational Activism and State Power in China, Stephen Noakes introduces readers to six transnational advocacy networks (TANs) and their campaigns to change China. Placing his study in conversation with other scholars of international politics, Noakes contends that extant literature has given short shrift to the ways in which strong states like China's can push back against global norms and the demands of transnational social movement actors.

Drawing on archival materials and what appears to be about eighteen interviews conducted between 2009 and 2013, Noakes presents his case studies over three empirical chapters. Chapter 2 is taken up largely with discussion of Falun Gong's development, its history of repression by the Chinese state, and the contending narratives put out by the organization's advocates overseas and the Chinese Communist Party inside China. While the organizational history will be interesting in itself to some readers, the depiction of...

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