We assume that the ideas, interests and strategies of regional powers are highly significant variables, with the power to influence foreign policy. Yet while comparative research projects involving OECD-countries are fairly common, comparative research integrating developing regions is still rare, despite the fact that these countries are among the key actors of the twenty-first century. This collection emphasizes the role of regional powers in intra-regional, interregional and global contexts, analyzing the rise of regional powers from a comparative perspective. In so doing, the book explains how these powers have power to shape regional and global politics.
'This comprehensive collection of essays takes up the important issue of what it takes to be a regional leader in today's international system. It offers a useful analytical framework for explaining such leadership and solid subsantive chapters that examine and characterize bona fide and would-be regional leaders in the contemporary world.' Thomas L. Ilgen, Pitzer College, USA 'This book gives interesting insights into the different dimensions of the foreign policy and leadership of rising powers, particularly on the ideational aspect of their policies… the book is a worthy source of case studies for analysing the foreign policies of emerging powers.' Millenium: Journal of International Studies