My proposed project aims to investigate the reputational concerns of rising powers to analyze the nature and extent of challenge they pose to the institutions of liberal global governance. Reputation itself, however, is ambiguous in current International Relations (IR) conceptualization. The research aims to address this lacuna by empirically investigating the concern for reputation of Brazil and India in the humanitarian order and using this empirical evidence for improving upon the growing scholarship on reputation in IR theory. Drawing upon insights from critical constructivist IR and taking the normative dimensions of reputation seriously, the analytical framework of this project aims to examine how "scorekeepers" keep track of reputational concerns of states based on interrogating one's own and others' commitments and entitlements in the deontic discursive practices. Using this framework, the project will investigate Brazil and India's reputational concerns in three case studies: Kosovo 1999, NATO intervention in Libya 2011; and the non-intervention against the Assad regime in Syria 2013 and beyond. The findings of the project will have important theoretical and policy implications for facing the emerging challenges of global governance and for devising common interests with rising powers to manage the liberal order.
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