Call for Papers: Questioning emergence Features and Dynamics of Development

“Forget the BRICS, here are the new seven best emerging markets” was a title on Fortune in January 2015. The following year, it was the Financial Times that added to its website: The BRICS are dead, Long live the TICKs. Emerging countries are still popular among both development economists and public and private decision-makers. But if the former are willingly to use both terms of emerging countries and emerging economies in French, for the latter it is only about “emerging markets” in accordance with the origin of the term formulated for the first time in 1981 by A. van Agtmael, economist at the IFC (International Finance Corporation), a subsidiary of the World Bank. Researchers must therefore ask themselves: is this just a fashion, a gadget for investors in a hurry? ; A moment in the reflection on development, as were in their time the “latecomers” and then the Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs)? Or is it a real paradigmatic renewal of development economics, which would imply that emergence has acquired a conceptual status…

The subprime crisis has caused an increase in the studies on emerging countries in general, and on China in particular, whose growth was envied. In France, the files dedicated to them flourish: Mondes en développement, as early as 2010 and then in 2015, Critiques internationale in 2012, the Revue internationale de politique comparée in 2011 (two numbers), the Revue Tiers Monde in 2014, and more recently the the journal Outre-Terre in 2016. Abroad, it is the blogs from major universities that abound: the Harvard Law School GLEE (Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies), the BRIClab from the Center on Global Economic Governance of the University of Colombia, the GEGI of Boston University (Global Economic Governance Initiative), the Rising Powers and Global Governance program in Maryland, or even the Berlin GPPi (Global Public Policy Institute), the BRICS Information Center of the University of Toronto, the BRICS policy center of the PUC in Rio, etc.

As far as economics is concerned, a first observation can be made: whereas the study of “NIC” remained firmly within the traditional field of development economics (Piveteau and Rougier, 2010), “emergence” is relevant for fields as varied as international economics, international political economy, economic geography, development economics, analysis of the various forms of capitalism, or even the neoliberal political agenda. This phenomenon questions issues such as the rate of growth, the size of markets, the capacity to influence systemic structures, the measurement of power, the growth of middle classes, demographic transition, urban planning, etc. Emergence appears to combine domestic aspects, which are traditionally studied by development economics, urbanism or political and management sciences, and external aspects, which belong to the fields of international (economic) relations or international law, and involve both public and private actors.

The purpose of the XXXIVth Develoment Days of the ATM, organized in 2018 by the CREG (Centre de Recherche en Economie de Grenoble), Université Grenoble Alpes, in association with the Gemdev (Goupement d’études de la mondialisation et du développement) is to improve the understanding of the characteristics of emergence, and clarify its status within development economics. As other fields have been studying emergence as well, this symposium aims to take their contribution into account. Cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions are therefore especially welcome. These contributions should further our understanding of emergence, whether it constitutes a distinct concept, whether it is long-lasting, whether it is fundamentally innovative.

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