1st Edition

Multipolarization, South-South Cooperation and the Rise of Post-Hegemonic Governance

By Efe Can Gürcan Copyright 2019
    168 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The crisis of Northern capitalism and failure of hegemonic global governance have created a facilitative environment for post-hegemonic initiatives promoting South–South cooperation. Major Southern countries – especially the BRICS – have taken the lead in pushing for alternative governance mechanisms that are strongly articulated in the areas of economic, financial, cultural, and defense cooperation.

    This book focuses on the historical, political-economic, and geopolitical context in which major Southern countries implement a post-hegemonic agenda. Providing a global and comprehensive perspective through a series of focused case studies from Europe, Latin America, Eurasia, and Africa, the author develops a new approach to the multipolarization of world politics based on "global hegemony".

    Highly recommended for scholars, students, and activists involved in global political economy, regionalism studies, and international development, this book will be of interest to anyone seeking to develop their understanding of world politics and South–South cooperation.


    1. Neoliberal Globalization and the Downfall of "Open Regionalism": The Latin American Case
    2. The Strategic and Economic Crisis of "Open Regionalism" in Europe
    3. South-South Cooperation and the BRICS: Towards a Post-Hegemonic Global Governance?
    4. The BRICS and Africa’s Post-Hegemonic Transformation
    5. The Latin American Left and Post-Hegemonic Regionalism: The Regional Quest for Social Justice and Development
    6. The Question of Eurasian Security and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization under US Interventionism



    Efe Can Gürcan is a lecturer in International Studies and Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He has published over a dozen articles and book chapters on international development, international cooperation, and social movements, with a geographical focus on Latin America and the Middle East. His recent co-authored books are Challenging Neoliberalism at Turkey’s Gezi Park (2015) and Neoliberalism and the Changing Face of Unionism (2016). His latest articles address the geopolitical and political-ecological factors impinging on the Syrian conflict since 2011.

    "In the context of the crisis of the US-led world order and the ‘Rise of the South,’ this book offers excellent insights into the governance innovations emerging from the South. Surveying examples from all of the world’s regions, Gurcan offers a rich and engaging analysis of the history and trajectory of the governance project emerging from the South and of their ‘post-hegemonic’ potentials." - Dr Tom Chodor, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Monash University, Australia and author of Neoliberal Hegemony and the Pink Tide in Latin America: Breaking Up With TINA?

    "Drawing on an impressive array of cases, Gürcan’s book provides a provocative and timely analysis of "post-hegemonic" governance projects – alternatives and potential challengers to US-led global governance – emerging from the Global South amid the waning of American power and the crisis of Northern capitalism." - Dr. Kristen Hopewell, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Edinburgh, Author of Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project.