Existing studies on emerging powers like China and Brazil tend to emphasize their disruptive effect on global governance. Much less research has been done on the possibility that these countries have a constructive global agenda that offers positive alternatives to current governance models. Brazil and China, and other emerging countries, now have a seat at the table of many economic governance institutions, however, little is known about how they plan to exercise their new voice.
Beginning in 2012, this project will conduct a collaborative study of Brazil and China as newly active providers of development assistance by exploring what kind of development they are trying to achieve and through what means. CIGI researchers and local partners will conduct fieldwork in Brazil and China. Research outputs will include CIGI papers and policy briefs, expected to be published in 2013.