Economic Size Trumps All Else? Lessons from BRICSAM
This paper questions whether size (economic or population) of emerging economies alone is enough to warrant accommodation in the rules and structures of the international system. The authors observe the economic and social trends of emerging economies, and their upwards aspirations toward the top tier of the global architecture. Traced through a variety of indices, the growth of the BRICSAM group of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, ASEAN-4 and Mexico) is demonstrated to be a powerful force in international economics and political economy. The paper concludes that, for the inclusion of these states, a change in the key aspects of global economic governance, the international architecture and geopolitics seems inevitable.
©2006 Andrew F Cooper, Agata Antkiewicz and Timothy M Shaw
Andrew F. Cooper, Agata Antkiewicz, Timothy M. Shaw