Emerging powers, especially Brazil, India and China
Global economic governance
Big data and digitalization
Emerging power states such as Brazil, India and China have been making waves in international affairs, and international relations scholarship, since the early 2000s. Despite an ever-growing literature discussing their changing role in the world, little attention has been paid to systematically conceptualizing emerging states. This project addresses issues of conceptual incoherence and differentiation by examining the motivations (power, money) and framing strategies (different identities) of three emerging powers (Brazil, India and China) and one established state (the US) in diverse institutions of global economic governance.
Research funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) project #369896954.
Additional funding received from the International Studies Association and the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD).
This project confronts the juxtaposition of two new forces in global politics: the growing pervasiveness of digital technologies in politics and our daily lives and the concurrent shift in power relations in global affairs. How and why are governments using and governing (big) data? To what extent are actors developing new paradigms of data governance? What are the implications of political digitalization for citizens, the Global South, global governance and the world economy? We explore these questions by examining data governance and use in Brazil, India, China and the US at the national and international levels.
Research funded by grants from the International Studies Association.
This project examines why emerging powers like Brazil and India have diversified the strategic loci of their trade policy activities since the early 2000s despite gaining substantial political and economic benefits from their ongoing membership in the World Trade Organization. I argue that the dominance of political ideas and/or economic interests in domestic policymaking situations encourages politicians to use, substitute or seek to reform the WTO in reference to both trade liberalization and dispute settlement. Main findings are available in my book, The Trade Policy of Emerging Powers: Strategic Choices of Brazil and India (Palgrave Macmillan 2013).
Research funded by grants from the Ruhr-University Bochum and the International Studies Association.