Group 2 : Outline
Group 2 Domestic Politics : Outline
The Elite, Governance, Socio-political Cleavages, and Values
The concept of regional powers is not new in terms of international
politics and development economics, but this research project is
without global precedent in that it involves a comparative study of the
conditions and strategies by which China, Russia, India and Turkey
became regional powers. Specifically, it will compare those four
countries using the following yardsticks.
- What kind of influence does differences in the way the political
are recruited (i.e., differences in the degree to which competitive
elections are held) have on the preferences of the elite and the nature
of political systems overall?
- How are those countries coming to terms with demands for
governance and calls for democracy, which often contradict each other?
- How do those countries control the socio-political cleavages that
deepen amid development-oriented growth policies? What mechanisms are
there for adjusting their different interests between different
classes, regions, ethnicities and religions?
- Do those countries resist universalism and theories of a unipolar
world? How do their experiences of having created vast empires in the
past impact on their values and great power discourse today?