1st Edition

India and Global Governance A Rising Power and Its Discontents

Edited By Harsh V Pant Copyright 2022
    220 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    220 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    220 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This volume explores India’s role in the global governance architecture post–Cold War. It shows how, with a rise in India’s capabilities, there is an expectation from its external interlocutors that New Delhi ought to play a larger global role. As Indian policymakers redefine their engagements in the global policy matrix, the chapters in the volume analyse India’s role as a challenger and a stakeholder in world politics; its uneasy relationship with Western liberal democracies; and its role in shaping new structures of global governance. The volume focuses on a host of critical issues, including nuclear policy, climate action politics, India’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, humanitarian interventions, trade governance, democracy promotion, India’s engagement with other emerging powers in platforms such as the BRICS, the changing dynamics with its neighbours, and maritime governance.

    A timely reimagining of global politics, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of politics and international relations, climate change, military and strategic studies, economics, and South Asian studies.

    1. Rising India and Its Global Governance Imperatives

    Harsh V Pant


    Part I: Between a Challenger and a Stakeholder

    2. India’s Rise in the Global Nuclear Governance Architecture: Principles, Exceptions and Contradictions

    Arka Biswas


    3. From Rio to Paris: India in global climate politics 

    Aniruddh Mohan


    4. India’s Pursuit of United Nations Security Council Reforms

    Manish S Dabhade


    Part II: India and the Liberal Global Order

    5. India’s Democracy Assistance: Not Promoting and Not Exporting

    Ian Hall


    6. India’s Evolving Views on Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and Humanitarian Interventions: The Significance of Legitimacy

    Kartik Bommakanti


    7. India and Global Trade Governance: Re-Defining Its ‘National’ Interest

    Mihir Sharma and Preeti Bhogal


    Part III: Shaping new structures of Global Governance

    8. BRICS in India’s Vision for Global Governance

    Raj Kumar Sharma


    9. India’s Subregional Connectivity Initiatives: Re-imagining the Neighbourhood

    Harsh V Pant and K Yhome


    10. India and Maritime Governance: The Indian Ocean Dynamic

    Harsh V Pant and Ivan Lidarev



    Harsh V Pant is Professor of International Relations at King’s College London, UK. He is Director, Studies and Head of the Strategic Studies Programme at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India. He is also Director (Honorary) of Delhi School of Transnational Affairs at Delhi University. His current research is focused on Asian security issues. His most recent books include Politics and Geopolitics: Decoding India’s Neighbourhood Challenge (2021), America and the Indo-Pacific: Trump and Beyond (2021), New Directions in India’s Foreign Policy: Theory and Praxis (2018), Indian Nuclear Policy (2018), Handbook of Indian Defence Policy (2015), and India’s Afghan Muddle (2013).