Rethinking the Emerging Power Approach to IPE

The Case of Brazil
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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One of the preoccupations of Anglo-Saxon scholars over the last decade has been: what does the rise of the BRICS mean for the existing structure of the international system. Are these emerging actors going to tear down the post-World War Two order and try to take over? How will the global governance system change as new powerful voices speak up? Much of the response to these questions has leaned towards the apocryphal, with much talk of hegemonic transition and great power conflict. Looking at the case of Brazil this paper will argue that such assumptions are wrong and that what is actually taking place is a broadening of the existing international system that actually reaffirms and more deeply entrenches its core ideological requisites, not an attack upon it.