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The dynamics of emerging middle-power influence in regional and global governance: the paradoxical case of Turkey

Onis, Z. & Kutlay, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4942-1001 (2017). The dynamics of emerging middle-power influence in regional and global governance: the paradoxical case of Turkey. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 71(2), pp. 164-183. doi: 10.1080/10357718.2016.1183586


This article attempts to understand the properties, potentials and limits of middle-power activism in a changing global order. Extensive debate on the rise of emerging powers notwithstanding, the potential contributions of emerging middle powers in regional and global governance, and the imminent challenges they face in their struggle for an upgraded status in the hierarchy of world politics, is an understudied issue. This study aims to fill this gap by offering a broad conceptual framework for middle-power activism and testing it with reference to the Turkish case. In this context, the authors aim to address the following questions: What kind of roles can emerging middle powers play in a post-hegemonic international system? What are the dynamics, properties and limitations of emerging middle-power activism in regional and global governance? Based on an extensive study of the Turkish case, the authors’ central thesis is that emerging middle powers can make important contributions to regional and global governance. Their ultimate impact, however, is not inevitable, but depends on a complementary set of conditions, which are outlined in this study.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australian Journal of International Affairs on 21 Jun 2016, available online:
Publisher Keywords: emerging middle powers, post-hegemonic world order, Turkish political economy, Turkish foreign policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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