Inside and beyond BRICs - Debate

Date: 18 November 2014

Venue: Stadscampus - R.001 - Roderstraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB and USOS

Short description: David Hulme (Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester, UK), Ray Kiely (Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London, UK, Moderator: Tom De Herdt (Chair, IOB, University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Over the past two decades, Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRICs) have improved their relative position within the global income hierarchy. Thereby, the gap between the developed and developing world has narrowed and the power to influence global decision-making diffused. But is this a one-size-fits-all story? For example, have Brazil, India, Russia and China equal leverage and converging interests at the international stage, as is frequently assumed, or do important differences remain? Is the sheer focus on BRICs justified or are other ‘rising powers’ also getting more clout?  What can we say about their strategies to influence the global sphere? In this debate, Professor David Hulme (Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester) will go “beyond the BRICs” to discuss how recent economic risers, like South Africa and Mexico, among others, are altering the global politics of development. Ray Kiely (Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London) will afterwards discuss the dynamics within core powers of the international world system and discuss the mechanisms and techniques that undermine fundamental shifts to occur.

David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at The University of Manchester where he is Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. He has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of non-government organisations in development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific. Recently, he has been a leading international expert in the discussion of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Ray Kiely graduated from the University of Leeds in 1985, with a BA in Politics. He stayed on and completed an MA in Political Sociology in 1987, and after a year of 'A' level teaching did a PhD in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick from 1988 to 1991. In keeping with a commitment to inter-disciplinarity, he taught International Development in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of East London from 1992 to 2002, and then in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS from 2002 to the end of 2006. After 14 years in full time work, he at last realized that Politics was his natural disciplinary home and moved to Queen Mary, where he was appointed Professor in 2007. He was Head of School from 2008 to 2012. His research focuses on three main areas: international political economy with particular reference to development and the alleged recent ‘rise of the South’ and the BRICs, debates over globalization, empire and imperialism, and neo-liberal theory and practice with particular reference to debates over austerity, democracy, mass society, populism and totalitarianism.

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