An examination of the vital role played by some of the countries in the semi-periphery within the global order. The text examines their responses and reactions to global change, and the place of regionalism within their foreign economic policy. It represents an analysis of the role of the semi-periphery in creating the new regionalism which is emerging in the 1990s. Case studies cover Brazil and Mercosur, Chile, South East Asia, China, South Africa, the Maghreb, Turkey and Australia. These are framed by introductory chapters focusing on the creation of the semi-periphery in the context of globalization and regionalism, and the underlying theoretical perspectives and trends in approaching the subject.