The BRICS as a Global Governor?

Benedikte Borg Pedersen, Annika Emeliina Tuomainen, Nina Falkesgaard Sørensen, Marie Schønning Jensen & Justus Johannes Hermans

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper investigates the highly discussed role of the BRICS countries by examining the extent to which the group can be considered an influential actor in global governance, specifically within the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Firstly, through a thematic qualitative text analysis of the BRICS’ summit declarations in the aforementioned years, the accentuated interests of the BRICS are examined. Secondly, a voting cohesion analysis of the BRICS member states’ cast votes within the United Nations General Assembly within the same timeframe is conducted, in order to detect the degree to which the voting behavior of the group is cohesive and thereby the capability of the countries to comply with a collective BRICS agenda. Consequently, the role of the BRICS in global governance is analyzed through different theories of International Relations and four essential requirements of global governance. In conclusion, it is demonstrated that the BRICS faces many challenges as a potential global governor and as of so far do not vote in the United Nations General Assembly as a cohesive bloc. Thus, the role of the BRICS in global governance in the 21st century is still dependent upon the individual countries’ desire to prioritize the group, but their presence and influence is nevertheless indisputable.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2017
Antal sider64
VejledereKlaas Dykmann