Conceptual Framework and the Importance of Consistent Definitions

  • Philani Mthembu
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter underscores the importance of well-defined concepts in the social sciences and introduces two important terms that are vital to the research question and book as a whole. It firstly outlines what is meant by the concept of Southern powers and explains why the study prefers this term over the more common “emerging powers.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philani Mthembu
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  1. 1.Institute for Global DialogueAssociated with the University of South Africa (UNISA)PretoriaSouth Africa

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