Middle Powers and the Behavioural Model

Math Erthygl
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)47-69
Nifer y tudalennau23
CyfnodolynGlobal Society
Rhif y cyfnodolyn1
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar03 Awst 2017
Dangosyddion eitem ddigidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 2018
Arddangos ystadegau lawrlwytho
Gweld graff cysylltiadau
Fformatau enwi


The behavioural model comprises a major theoretical tradition in the field of middle powers since it identifies the distinct behavioural patterns in the diplomacy of these states. Its relevance, however, has been questioned since it continues to rely on older definitions of middle power behaviour and places emphasis on diplomatic preferences rather than influence. To strengthen the relevance of the behavioural model, this article proposes an additional distinctive category that prioritises ideational influence and entrepreneurial effectiveness as key prerequisites for identifying middle powers. The article examines the cases of Brazil and South Africa to argue that states classified as middle powers must not only pursue the diplomatic preferences and strategies that comprise middle power internationalism, but also display the capacity to advance and secure their preferred outcomes at the international level.