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The BRICS: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew F. Cooper

April 2016

ISBN: 9780198723394

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £7.99

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represent almost 18 per cent of the world economy, with their contribution to world growth having already exceeded 50 per cent. But what does the emergence of the BRICS mean for global politics? Andrew Cooper discusses the BRICS as a concept and its practice in global politics.

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Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represent almost 18 per cent of the world economy, with their contribution to world growth having already exceeded 50 per cent. But what does the emergence of the BRICS mean for global politics? Andrew Cooper discusses the BRICS as a concept and its practice in global politics.

  • Provides an informative, analytical and comprehensive overview of the BRICS
  • Addresses a wide range of issues concerning the BRICS in our contemporary political landscape
  • Offers an explanation of what the BRICS have been able to accomplish as a hybrid club, forum, and lobby group in global politics, and their potential trajectory going forwards
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Andrew F. Cooper, Professor, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo.

Andrew F. Cooper is Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada. He is the Director for the Centre for Studies on Rapid Global Change, University of Waterloo; Associate Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, Germany; and Associate Research Fellow-UNU CRIS (Institute on Comparative Regional Integration), Bruges, Belgium. His books include The Group of Twenty (G20) (Routledge, 2013)

Table of Contents

    1:Framing the BRICS
    2:A contested invention: The BRIC, BRICs, and the BRICS
    3:A historical departure
    4:Hanging together
    5:Building the new development bank
    6:BRICS as the recognition of states, not societies
    7:The staying power of the BRICS
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Cooper's very short introduction on the BRICS grouping indeed fills an important niche, providing a solid overview which can be read in a few hours and includes all the basic information." - Post-Western World