Reinterpreting India's Rise through the Middle Power Prism

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India's spectacular rise in recent years has been the source of hyperbolic theorising and speculation on its major power status. Middle power theory offers a set of dynamic analytical parameters which allow for re-evaluating India's global influence and identifying both strengths and weaknesses of its power projection and resources. Placing emphasis on themes of Third World leadership, good international citizenship, multilateral activism, bridge-building diplomacy, and coalition-building with like-minded states, the middle power concept can encapsulate key aspects of India's contemporary agency and account for structural dynamics which constitute a reformist world-view through the reconfiguration of the Indian state within the existing world order. Overall, middlepowermanship delineates fundamental continuities in India's foreign policy tradition, epitomises India's existing position in the neoliberal world order, while providing a good indication of the directions India will take on the global stage in the short and medium-term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-95
Number of pages22
JournalAsian Journal of Political Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 03 May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Foreign Policy
  • India
  • Middle Powers
  • Non-Alignment
  • Reformism
  • World Order


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