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Rising India

Status and Power

Rajesh Basrur Kate Sullivan de Estrada



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30 June 2020
Development studies; Politics & government
While India's prospects as a rising power and its material position in the international system have received significant attention, little scholarly work exists on India's status in contemporary world politics. This Routledge Focus book charts the ways in which India's international strategies of status seeking have evolved from Independence up to the present day.

The authors focus on the social dimensions of status, seeking to build on recent conceptual scholarship on status in world politics. The book shows how India has made a partial, though incomplete, shift from seeking status by rejecting material power and proximity to major powers, to seeking status by embracing both material power and major power relationships. However, it also challenges traditional understandings of the linear relationship between material power and status. Seven decades of Indian status seeking reveal that the enhancement of material power is one of only several routes Indian leaders have envisaged to lead to higher status.

By arguing that a state requires more than material power to achieve status, this book reshapes understandings of both status seeking and Indian foreign policy. It will be of interest to academics and policy makers in the fields of international relations, foreign policy, and Indian studies.
By:   Rajesh Basrur, Kate Sullivan de Estrada
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   181g
ISBN:   9780367607401
ISBN 10:   0367607409
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   30 June 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface Strategies of Status Seeking in World Politics: The Case of India Status without Power in the Nehru Era (1947-1964) Incipient Power, Limited Status in the Post-Nehru Era (1964-1991) Status and Power in the Post-Cold War Era (1991-2016) Conclusion Bibliography

Rajesh Basrur is Professor of International Relations and Coordinator of the South Asia Programme at RSIS at NTU, Singapore. Kate Sullivan de Estrada is Lecturer in Modern Indian Studies at the University of Oxford, UK.

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