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With “frenemies” like these: rising power voting behavior in the UN General Assembly

Binder, M. ORCID: and Lockwood Payton, A. (2022) With “frenemies” like these: rising power voting behavior in the UN General Assembly. British Journal of Political Science, 52 (1). pp. 381-398. ISSN 1469-2112

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S0007123420000538


The rise of non-Western powers has led to competing claims about how these states act amongst each other and how they behave vis-à-vis established powers. Existing accounts argue that the rising powers are a heterogenous group of competing states and that they are socialized into the existing Western-centered order. We challenge these claims, arguing that the rising powers are dissatisfied with the international status quo and that they have begun to form a bloc against the established powers. We contend that this dissatisfaction arises from their lack of influence on the international stage, their status in the international hierarchy, and the norms that sustain the current international order. We maintain that the formation of a rising powers bloc is driven by their economic growth and international dynamics, fostering their institutionalization as IBSA and BRICS. To support our argument, we combine spatial modeling techniques to analyze rising power voting behavior in the UN General Assembly over the period 1992-2011.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:93690
Publisher:Cambridge University Press


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