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Predicting India’s future global influence

Table of contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Part 1 India's Place in the Global Order
Chapter 1 India as a Kingmaker 
Chapter 2 The Challenge to the Global Order 
Chapter 3 Treaty Networks and Determining State Preferences for the Global Order
Part 2 India’s Relationship with Status Quo Powers
Chapter 4 India-US Relations 
Chapter 5 Indo-European Relations 
Chapter 6 Indo-Japanese Relations 
Part 3 India’s Relationship with Revisionist Powers 
Chapter 7 Indo-Russian Relations 
Chapter 8 Indo-Chinese Relations 
Chapter 9 India’s Place in the World Order: Revisionist or Status Quo Power 


As India finds itself in the envious position of kingmaker, both the status quo and revisionist major powers are jockeying for India’s support for either upholding or revising the current world order. Using India’s bilateral treaties as a proxy measure of the strength of its relationship with other major powers, Slobodchikoff and Tandon determine whether India will remain neutral in its foreign policy approach or adopt a more assertive role in shaping the future global order. This book provides an in-depth analysis of India’s bilateral ties with major powers that include the United States, Russia, China, Japan, as well as the European Union (including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany) and uses network analysis to study India’s foreign policy positions with other major powers.

Michael O. Slobodchikoff is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University.

Aakriti A. Tandon is Associate Professor of Political Science at Daemen College.

India as Kingmaker is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how ongoing changes in the underlying power structures will shape future global politics. India—the overlooked global power—is correctly identified as the essential rising global power that will determine whether the Western or Eastern coalition will lead global politics in the next century. A wonderfully researched work that should not be missed by students, scholars, policy practitioners, and the informed international community.”
—Jacek Kugler, Claremont University

- Jacek Kugler

India as Kingmaker is an important contribution to the field of International Relations, specifically the role of emerging or middle powers as linchpins in maintaining the global international order established by the hegemon.”
—Arijit Mazumdar, University of St. Thomas

- Arijit Mazumdar

“Slobodchikoff and Tandon have written a remarkably interesting and important contribution to research on status, major powers, and liberal order. An analysis of India’s role in the future liberal world order is long overdue.”
—J. Patrick Rhamey Jr., Virginia Military Institute

- J. Patrick Rhamey

"This work contributes significantly to the field of international relations by elucidating the role of emerging powers in shaping the global order. It offers a nuanced understanding of India’s foreign policy choices and its preferred global structural alignment, enriching the discourse on international power dynamics."

- The Developing Economies

Read: Author Q&A | February 24, 2023