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The Role of the Emerging Countries in the G20: Agenda-setter, Veto Player or Spectator? Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance Paper 2/2011

Gnath, Katharina and Schmucker, Claudia (2011) The Role of the Emerging Countries in the G20: Agenda-setter, Veto Player or Spectator? Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance Paper 2/2011. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    In 2008, the G20 convened for the first time at leaders’ level, making emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil permanent members of an informal gathering at the highest political level. The aim of this paper is to refine previous assessments on the role of these emerging countries in the new G20. We first analyse the preferences of the United States and European members as a proxy for G8 positions and then juxtapose them with the preferences of China, India and Brazil as representatives of the emerging countries within the G20. We find that the latter share in particular the concern for more voice in global economic governance but – due to often heterogeneous preferences – do not generally act as a bloc. Moreover, by comparing their preferences with G20 outcomes, the paper investigates to what extent the emerging countries have agenda-setting or veto power, or whether they are taking a back-seat role among the G20 countries. We show that they are not mere spectators but have a certain agenda-setting power, especially when they are able to forge coalitions or hold the presidency.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Additional Information: Joint working paper series of the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe and the Comparative Regional Integration Studies of the United Nations University, Bruges.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Brazil.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other international institutions > G7/G8/G20
    Countries > India
    Countries > China
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > College of Europe (Brugge) > Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance (BRIGG) Papers
    Depositing User: Ms Léonie Maes
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 16:13
    Number of Pages: 24
    Last Modified: 09 May 2012 16:13
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33542

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