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The Power of BRICs: Myth or Reality


The four “Brics” countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are held up as a potential new force in international governance and development. They hold independent views on approaches to deal with global public goods such as climate, at odds with the original polluters in terms of who should now make the economic sacrifices. At the same time, the impact of the recent global financial cum economic crisis on them has been less severe. But as a group, they are considerably differentiated in terms of history, institutions, politics, society and economy. It will be argued that there are nevertheless a number of important communalities amongst the four – common challenges in the search for effective state policy management capacity and governance and the building blocks required for becoming a truly “smart” state. The prime focus will be on Brazil and China – the dynamic giants in their respective regions. Comparisons will be made with India and Russia in terms of issues of pluralism and poverty in the first case and faltering transition and regression to international mischief making in the case of the second. Perspectives will be drawn from coverage of these countries in Public Administration and Development over the last decade or so.

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Paul Collins, Visiting Professor of Public Policy City University of Hong Kong & Editor, Public Administration and Development, London

Thursday, 22 October 2009
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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