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Reference
Haua, Matthias vom & Scottb, James & Hulme, David  (2012) Beyond the BRICs: Alternative Strategies of Influence in the Global Politics of Development. European Journal of Development Research 24: 187-204.

Summary
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 international 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.

Cet essai d’introduction inscrit ce nume´ro spe´ cial dans un cadre comparatif nous permettant d’analyser la nouvelle politique globale de de´ veloppement. Il soutient qu’il existe un ensemble de pays au dela` du Bre´ sil, de la Russie, de l’Inde et de la Chine – souvent de´nomme´ les pays ‘BRICs’- qui sont en train de gagner en importance sur la sce`ne internationale et qui me´ ritent plus d’attention qu’ils n’ont rec¸u jusqu’a` pre´ sent. Les pays en ascension e´conomique re´cente tels que l’Afrique du Sud, la Core´ e du Sud, la Turquie, et le Mexique re´ agissent a`leur croissance e´conomique en s’efforc¸ant d’accroýˆtre leur influence tant au niveau re´ gional qu’international. Le cadre analytique de´veloppe´ dans cet essai distingue quatre strate´ gies d’engagement: Le leadership the´matique, la recherche d’opportunite´ s, l’organisation re´gionale et la mobilisation re´ gionale. Ce cadre met e´ galement en avant le besoin de se pencher sur les nouvelles opportunite´ s et contraintes se pre´ sentant au niveau mondial, ainsi que sur les inte´ reˆ ts et capacite´s spe´ cifiques des E´ tats, pour comprendre et expliquer l’adoption de telle ou telle strate´gie d’engagement.

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