DSA Rising Powers Study group
With a number of countries emerging as key players in international development the study group seeks to provide information and support to scholars and practitioners concerned with the many aspects and issues raised by the rising powers as development actors. While much of the debate so far has been the rising powers as state actors we are also interested in the diverse range of non-state actors from these countries that also play increasing roles in international development.
Rory Horner (University of Manchester), Lidia Cabral (IDS)
E: rory.horner(at)manchester.ac.uk, l.cabral(at)ids.ac.uk
Rising Powers Study Group One Day Workshop - “Rising Powers in 2018”
Date: 23 April 2018
In 2018, to what extent does it make sense to refer to ‘rising powers’? The DSA’s Rising Powers Study Group invites submission of abstracts for a one-day workshop in April 2018.
The rising powers have attracted considerable attention this millennium, both in terms of their own development domestically as well as their influence abroad. Yet, rising power countries like those in the BRICS group – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – each have their own trajectories, nor are they all clearly rising.
At the same time, the influence of the rising powers is perhaps greater than ever before. Whether it be trade, finance, technology, knowledge, or people, flows between developing countries – South-South – are prominent in shaping development outcomes. Xi Jinping has recently announced that China will take a lead in global governance. While never equals, greater heterogeneity has emerged amongst countries in the global South with the growth and transformation of some of the rising powers while other countries and actors remain more marginal.
We welcome contributions on topics and questions including, but not limited to:
- How are the rising powers transforming 21st century globalisation?
- How are rising powers shaping development across different domain areas?
- To what extent does it make sense to still talk of rising powers or of South-South cooperation?
- Are we entering a new era of polycentric flows of trade, ideas and power?
We invite proposals for paper presentations addressing any of the above or similar issues. Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes long. Please email a brief abstract (300 words max.) by 28th February 2018 to Lidia Cabral (l.cabral(at)ids.ac.uk), Kathy Hochstetler (k.hochstetler(at)lse.ac.uk), and Rory Horner (rory.horner(at)manchester.ac.uk).Some very limited travel funds are available to cover travel costs for some DSA members to participate in the workshop. Priority will be given for PhD students and early career researchers. Please indicate when submitting the abstract if you would like to be considered.
A podcast of Lord Jim O'Neill's talk, "Are rising powers really rising?", given at the final conference of the ESRC Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures programme in Manchester in June, is now available here.
Meeting at DSA 2017 Conference - Bradford
Thursday 7th September from 12:30 - 14:00.
Anyone interested in the Rising Powers study group is welcome to attend.
Public lecture series in June 2017
The ESRC Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures research programme will be hosting a public lecture series in Manchester, including lectures by:
- Professor Raphael Kaplinsky - Do standards in global value chains support or undermine the sustainable development goals? 20 June, 16h00.
- Lord Jim O'Neill - Are the Rising Powers really rising? 21 June, 17h00.
- Professor Alan Winters - 'Taking inter-dependency seriously: Brexit and the Rising Powers' 23 June, 14h00.
Workshop sponsored by Newnham College, Cambridge and the DSA Rising Powers Study Group, May 2015, Cambridge
Looking ahead: South-South Development Cooperation in the next decade
Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Kragelund (Roskilde Universitet)
Although certainly a contested phenomenon, it could be said that the last decade has been in many ways largely successful for South-‐South development cooperation (SSDC) partners. Long-‐standing and more recent flows and relationships for international development efforts have grown substantially. Just as important as expanding financial and technical resources, the ideas, practices and narratives of SSDC have been increasingly visible and validated by the 'international' development community and partner countries. Moreover, while to different extents open to various forms of dialogue, cooperation and collaboration with the 'traditional' donors, Southern partners have by and large successfully defended their identity, autonomy and interests within global institutions. What then lies ahead in the following decade?
Contributions were invited on the future of SSDC. Relevant topics included: emerging issues and trends; changing domestic and international contexts; continuities and changes in partnerships, modalities, identities and interests; and the challenges, opportunities, risks and uncertainties confronting South-South partners.