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Constrained rise: the politics of India’s involvement in transcontinental infrastructure corridors

What political factors shape India’s emergence as a Rising Power? The proposed research will investigate the political factors that facilitate and hinder India’s growing status as a Rising Power. It will do so with a focus on India's role in multilateral development partnerships in Eurasia and Africa, entailing a comparison of the country’s involvement in the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC). The comparative focus of the project will provide a window to appreciating the diverse political factors that shape India’s emergence as a Rising Power.

The project draws on the growing appreciation in the scholarly literature that domestic politics shapes global politics, and that relations between states and societies bear on the global politics between states. Specific themes of comparative analysis will be: (i) the role of the Indian state; (ii) Bilateral and multilateral relations between the Indian state and states in host countries; (iii) state-business relations within India and in host countries; (iv) collaborations and contentions between political parties, actors in civil society, businesses and governments.

Name of researcher:
Dr Indrajit Roy, Lecturer Global Development Politics, University of York

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