A comparative approach and the future of the global economy

This research group is based on collaboration between researchers from various French establishments and partners in the BRIC countries and takes the form of a research seminar.

As the world’s emerging economies grow stronger, we are witnessing a shift in the global centre of gravity. The most dominant of these, the BRIC countries, are a driving force in this change. And yet, these large countries differ greatly from each other and are progressing in very different ways, There are also many questions surrounding their external relations.

Four areas of study have been chosen

  • A comparative analysis of the countries’ trajectories, looking at their similarities and differences and considering what their future might be in the light of the others’ experiences;
  • An analysis of the effects of each of these countries’ development both on the other BRIC countries and on other emerging economies, in particular their trade relations, competitiveness, respective areas of specialisation and direct foreign investments, amid a global climate where protectionism is potentially on the rise, justified by social dumping and environmental protection;
  • An analysis of the geostrategic upheavals brought about by the growth of the BRIC countries in their relations with other emerging countries and leadership changes at world and regional levels. What effects will these have on the role of key currencies, trade negotiations (WTO) or sharing of regional areas of influence? Will the BRIC countries come out of this stronger or will it divide them?
  • The capacity of these countries to master and develop new technologies and increase the added value of their industries, while at the same time reducing negative environmental impacts and protecting natural resources.

Research Initiatives

  • Twice monthly Seminar to update a program on comparative approaches to the socioeconomic development of emerging countries
  • Workshops organized throughout the year


  • Guilhem Fabre  Havre/Centre Chine University-EHESS
  • Xavier Richet, Paris-III Sorbonne nouvelle University
  • Pierre Salama, Paris-XIII University
  • Michel Schiray, CRBC-Mondes Américains/EHESS



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Published at 27 October 2013