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Civil society - BRICS engagement: opportunities and challenges

Authors: Tandon, R. & Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2013

This paper reviews the emergence of BRICS and its perceived potential and limitation. More importantly, it critically examines how it matters to civil society. Does BRICS as an alliance of the 'rising powers' hold any promise to address the shared interests and concerns of civil society in these countries nationally and globally?

What does the collective BRICS represent in the emerging architecture of global governance? Should civil society take notice of its agenda and its implications on the citizens? Should civil society engage at all with BRICS?

If answers to these open ended questions are found in the affirmative, what should be the modalities and purposes of such engagements? What are the potential pitfalls?