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Regional Powers and Global Redistribution

1st Edition

Edited by Philip Nel, Dirk Nabers, Melanie Hanif


134 pages

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Emerging regional powers such as India, Brazil and South Africa pose a challenge to the global order, but it is not always clear what and how fundamental that challenge is. This edited volume highlights various dimensions and interpretations of that challenge, arguing that it is characterized by internal tensions. On the one hand these states pursue the global redistribution of material, institutional, and symbolic resources in the name of promoting global justice. They also promote South-South solidarity by providing modest amounts of assistance to selected least developed states. On the other hand, regional powers gain at least some of their global legitimacy and identities from their largely unacknowledged role as pillars of an order that undermines the opportunities for redistributive change. Their domestic politics and regional policies also place distinct limits on the extent of the global redistribution that they can pursue credibly.

This book was published as a special issue of Global Society.


"Regional Powers and Global Redistribution is a significant resource that provides diverse insight on the roles and aspirations of the IBSA states as rising regional powers in international institutions and the global order. As an articulately written book, it provides a remarkable contribution to the relevant literature on the topic."

Öznur Keles

the journal of Turkish Weekly

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Regional Powers and Global Redistribution 2. Rising Regional Powers and International Institutions: The Foreign Policy Orientations of India, Brazil and South Africa 3. Rising States and Distributive Justice: Reforming International Order in the Twenty-First Century 4. Falling on Fertile Ground? The Story of Emerging Powers’ Claims for Redistribution and the Global Poverty Debate 5. Strategies and Tactics for Global Change: Democratic Brazil in Comparative Perspective 6. India’s Identity and its Global Aspirations 7. India and the Redistribution of Power and Resources

About the Editors

Philip Nel and Dirk Nabers are Professors of International Politics, respectively at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Kiel (Germany).

Melanie Hanif is a Researcher at the Forum Transregionale Studien, (Germany).

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