Conclusions: The BRICS - ascendancy, decline or plateau?
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Extract: At the beginning of our discussion, we asked whether the BRICS is a loosely formed intergovernmental network or a powerful economic bloc that can effect paradigmatic changes in the world economy, or is it merely a pressure group that can raise awareness of the imperfections in an unbalanced and dysfunctional global political economy? There is no doubt that the BRICS is presently a platform for international cooperation and dialogue with a rich and ambitious agenda, but will it or can it go further?
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