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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance$
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Alexandra Kaasch and Kerstin Martens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.001.0001

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‘New Kids on the Block?’ The Implications of the BRICS Alliance for Global Social Governance

‘New Kids on the Block?’ The Implications of the BRICS Alliance for Global Social Governance

(p.130) Chapter 7 ‘New Kids on the Block?’ The Implications of the BRICS Alliance for Global Social Governance
Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance

Rebecca Surender

Marian Urbina-Ferretjans

Oxford University Press

Social polices of developing countries are frequently determined by forces outside their national borders, via international governance organizations and development institutions. In this context, most analysis has focused on the transfer of funds and ideas from North to South and on ‘Western’ actors. Increasingly, however, attention is turning to a set of new agents, the so-called BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—distinguished by fast-growing economies and escalating influence on global social development. This chapter addresses their South-South cooperation practices and their influence on global social policy and governance debates, processes, and structures. It argues that while it is too early to make definitive prescriptions about what it means for the conditions, processes, and politics of global social policy, it is clear that the BRICS group has begun to significantly impact the architecture and discourses of global governance as well as on the quantity and nature of aid to developing countries.

Keywords:   BRICS, South-South cooperation, developing countries, aid, global social policy and governance

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