Regional Powers and Regional Orders presents a re-examination and re-conceptualization of the concept of 'region' and its function within power and order systems.

Utilising a comparative and case study approach, the volume examines 'new' regional powers such as Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa. These territories as regional powers are novel phenomenon in the field of international politics and even more so in the field of international relations. The book focuses on the emerging role of these new regional powers within their respective region, and asks how other members of these regions cope with and react to that role.

Regional Powers and Regional Orders will be of interest to students and scholars of international and regional politics and power, and international relations.

part |74 pages

Theoretical concepts in the study of regional orders and regional powers

chapter |12 pages

Creating international regions

The spatial expression of power

chapter |25 pages

On the economics of regional powers

Theory and empirical results

part |80 pages

Regional powers and their neighbourhood

chapter |18 pages

Roles and actions of leadership

Brazil and the South American others

chapter |18 pages

Regional leadership?

Understanding power and transformation in the Middle East

part |73 pages

Regional powers and the global power distribution

chapter |18 pages

The omnipower

The United States and regional orders

chapter |16 pages


Regional power, global problem?

chapter |20 pages

‘A fine and delicate balance …'

South Africa's middle power complexities, 1994–2009

chapter |12 pages


Extra-regional foundations of a regional power manqué