1st Edition

The International Political Economy of the BRICS

Edited By Li Xing Copyright 2019
    220 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Exploring to what extent the BRICS group is a significant actor challenging the global order, this book focuses on the degree and consequence of their emergence and explores how important cooperation is to individual BRICS members’ foreign policy strategies and potential relevance as leaders in regional and global governance.

    The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) have come to play an important role on the global political scene. As a group, and as individual countries, they have taken initiatives to establish new institutions, and have engaged in yearly summits that coordinate their voice and focus on intra-BRICS cooperation. In this sense, the BRICS may be seen as a "balancing coalition", and often the main opposing force to Western powers. Looking at the debate around the role of the BRICS as an actor, expert contributors also explore the international political economy (IPE) of individual BRICS countries as systemically important countries with highly asymmetrical individual power capacities.

    The comprehensive theoretical and empirical coverage of this timely volume will be especially useful to students, researchers and professionals interested in ongoing academic debates around the IPE of emerging powers, and those researching global governance and globalization.

    Chapter 1 (Introduction)

    The International Political Economy of Emerging Powers: Attitudes and Actualities

    Li Xing

    Chapter 2

    Can the BRICS think? Towards a Power/Knowledge Transition in International Relations

    Peter Marcus Kristensen

    Chapter 3

    Theorizing the BRICS: Does the BRICS Conform or Provide an Alternative to the Current Global Order?

    Xiao Alvin Yang

    Chapter 4

    The Domestic Foundations of Emerging and Established State Trade Cooperation

    Laura C. Mahrenbach

    Chapter 5

    The Role of Declining Brazil and Ascending China into the BRICS Initiative

    Javier Vadell and Leonardo Ramos

    Chapter 6

    China and the BRICS: the Dual Complexities of Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony

    Li Xing

    Chapter 7

    Brazil as an Emerging Power: The Impact of Its International and Internal Deterioration on the BRICS

    Raul Bernal-Meza

    Chapter 8

    Brazil in the BRICS after 10 Years: Past, Present and Near Future Perspectives

    Danielly Silva Ramos Becard, Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau and Antônio Carlos Lessa

    Chapter 9

    Russia and the BRICS: On the Actual Performance of a 21st Century Great Power Concert

    Mette Skak

    Chapter 10

    India – Dreaming with the BRICS?

    Jørgen Dige Pedersen

    Chapter 11

    Geographies of Hope and Exploitation: South Africa, Africa Rising and the Global Turn to the BRICS

    Justin Van der Merwe


    Li Xing is Professor and Director of the Research Centre on Development and International Relations, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark. He is also the Editor in Chief of Journal of China and International Relations.