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South-South Development

1st Edition

By Peter Kragelund


186 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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South-South Development examines the historical background for the current situation: why it suddenly took off again approximately a decade ago; the various vectors of engagement and how they are interrelated; the actors involved; how the revitalisation of South-South development has affected development cooperation ‘as it was’; and finally, how it affects the rest of the Global South.

Based on primary research on how Southern actors – via investments, aid, and trade – are changing the face of development both in the Global North and the Global South, this book contextualises the current debates, provides a systematic overview, and brings together the key themes in South-South development. It explains how countries like China, India, and Brazil are influencing domestic politics in other countries of the Global South, how they invest, and how their aid alters power structures between ‘new’ and ‘old’ donors locally. It also explains migration patterns, how they use soft power tools, and how the global governance system is changing as a result of this. This comprehensive and student-focused book includes well developed pedagogy such as text boxes, chapter summaries, key questions, bibliography, weblinks, and annotated further reading.

This book offers a unique combination of in-depth insights and secondary data on South-South development, presenting a ‘state-of-the-art’ account of South-South development aimed at students as well as practitioners in disciplines as diverse as International Development Studies, International Relations, Geography, Anthropology, Global Studies, and International Political Economy.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction: The re-emergence of South-South Development
  2. South-South Cooperation in historical perspective
  3. The resurgence of South-South Cooperation
  4. Vectors of South-South Cooperation
  5. Actors of South-South Cooperation
  6. Effects of South-South Cooperation on development ‘as it was’
  7. Effects of South-South Cooperation on the rest of the Global South
  8. Conclusion


About the Author

Peter Kragelund is Head of the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark.

About the Series

Routledge Perspectives on Development

Routledge Perspectives on Development provides an invaluable, up to date and refreshing approach to key development issues for academics and students working in the field of development, in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, politics and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies