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Regional Powers and Regional Orders

Edited By Nadine Godehardt, Dirk Nabers Copyright 2011
    272 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Regional Powers and Regional Orders presents a re-examination and re-conceptualization of the concept of 'region' and its function within power and order systems.

    Utilising a comparative and case study approach, the volume examines 'new' regional powers such as Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa. These territories as regional powers are novel phenomenon in the field of international politics and even more so in the field of international relations. The book focuses on the emerging role of these new regional powers within their respective region, and asks how other members of these regions cope with and react to that role.

    Regional Powers and Regional Orders will be of interest to students and scholars of international and regional politics and power, and international relations.

    1. Introduction Nadine Godehardt and Dirk Nabers  Part 1: New Theoretical Concepts in the Study of Regional Orders and Regional Powers  2. Creating International Regions: The Spatial Expression of Power Karoline Postel–Vinay  3. The Power of Ideas in International Relations David MacDonald  4. Regional Powers and Regional Governance Detlef Nolte  5. On the Economics of Regional Powers: Theory and Empirical Results Robert Kappel  Part 2: Regional Powers and Their Neighbourhood 6. The European Union as a Regional Power Anne–Marie Le Gloannec  7. China and the Definition of the Asian Region Nadine Godehardt  8. Roles and Actions of Leadership: Brazil and the South American Others Leslie Wehner  9. Regional Leadership? Understanding Power and Transformation in the Middle East Louise Fawcett  Part 3: Regional Powers and the Global Power Distribution  10. The Omnipower: The United States and Regional Orders Jeffrey Legro  11. Pakistan: Regional Power, Global Problem? Rajesh Rajagopalan  12. ‘A Fine and Delicate Balance …’: South Africa’s Middle Power Complexities, 1994–2009 Janis van der Westhuizen  13. Israel: Extra-Regional Foundations of a Regional Power Manqué Mark A. Heller  14. Conclusion Nadine Godehardt and Dirk Nabers


    Nadine Godehardt holds an MA in Political Science, Philosophy and Modern Chinese from the University of Tuebingen. Since 2008, she is a Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and writing her dissertation about China’s role in the Central Asian regional order.

    Dirk Nabers is a Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. At GIGA, he is the Head of the Research Programme on Power, Norms and Governance in International Relations and Academic Director of the Hamburg International Graduate School “Regional Power Shifts and Global Order”. His main research interests include Poststructuralism in International Relations, Security Policy, Comparative Regionalism and the study of Regional Powers.