Beyond the BRICs: Alternative Strategies of Influence in the Global Politics of Development

  • Matthias vom Hau
  • James Scott
  • David Hulme
Part of the Palgrave Readers in Economics book series (PRE)


This introductory essay situates the subsequent special issue within a comparative framework that helps to unpack the new global politics of development. It argues that there is a set of countries beyond Brazil, Russia, India and China — often described as ‘the BRICs’ — that are emerging to a position of increased international prominence and which merit greater attention than they have hitherto received. Recent economic risers such as South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and Mexico are responding to their economic growth and seeking to secure greater influence within regional and global affairs. The analytical framework developed here distinguishes between four distinct strategies of inter national engagement: issue leading, opportunity seeking, region organising and region mobilising. The framework further suggests the need to focus on new global opportunities and pressures, as well as the specific interests and capacities of states when accounting for the adoption of a particular strategy of engagement.


Foreign Direct Investment Comparative International Development Domestic Politics International Influence Global Politics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias vom Hau
    • 1
  • James Scott
    • 2
  • David Hulme
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Brooks World Poverty InstituteUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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