South Africa in the Global Political Economy: The BRICS Connection

  • Pádraig Carmody
Part of the World Regional Geography Book Series book series (WRGBS)


How has BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) impacted on southern African states’ development policy, practice and outcomes? Has BRICS promoted development space and fostered the emergence of developmental states, or has its influence reinforced the neoliberal, extractive nature of most southern African economies? Drawing on interviews with policy analysts and shapers in South Africa, trade data and secondary sources, this chapter explores the BRICS countries’ relations with, and strategies towards, the southern African region, with a particular focus on relations between China and South Africa. The chapter explores the nature and influence of BRICS countries’ engagement in the region and the potential for policy space opened up by this process.


BRICS China Dependency Development Globalisation South Africa 



This chapter partly draws on Carmody (2017). Thanks also to Chris Rogerson, Amir Mohd, John Morrissey, Michelle D’Arcy, Ian Taylor, Francis Owusu, Lyn Schumaker, Andrew Brooks and the referees for their comments on the paper and chapter. Thanks to the University of Johannesburg for funding this research, to the research respondents, and to Chris and Jayne Rogerson for their hospitality and to Amir Mohd for facilitating some of the fieldwork. Any errors of fact or interpretation are mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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