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The International Political Economy of the BRICS

1st Edition

Edited by Li Xing


204 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series
The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series presents innovative analyses of a range of novel regional relations and institutions. Going beyond established, formal, interstate economic organizations, this essential series provides informed interdisciplinary and international research and debate about myriad heterogeneous intermediate-level interactions. Reflective of its cosmopolitan and creative orientation, this series is developed by an international editorial team of established and emerging scholars in both the South and North. It reinforces ongoing networks of analysts in both academia and think-tanks as well as international agencies concerned with micro-, meso- and macro-level regionalisms.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Trade & Tariffs