A Triangular Relationship
Leuven Global Governance series
Edited by Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay
Chapter 7: India’s role in the world: implications for multilateralism and global governance
Within an emerging multi-polar world order, the European Union (EU) has often articulated the need for systemic, rule-based cooperation, referred to as ‘effective multilateralism’, which draws upon the EU’s preference for soft power. Moving away from the traditional idea that peace among nations is a function of political systems, Europe has turned towards the belief that the forces of global economic interdependence can be harnessed for the promotion of global governance. This chapter posits that identity plays a key role in influencing a country’s approach to international relations. Furthermore, in the case of such large and complex political entities as the European Union, India or China, it is all the more necessary to highlight processes of identity formation that feed into the framing and implementation of policies.
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