The democratic regime and the changes in Brazilian foreign policy towards South America

Brazilian Political Science Review

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Início Publicação: 31/12/2006
Periodicidade: Quadrimestral
Área de Estudo: Ciência política

The democratic regime and the changes in Brazilian foreign policy towards South America

Ano: 2020 | Volume: 14 | Número: 3
Autores: M. G. Saraiva
Autor Correspondente: M. G. Saraiva | [email protected]

Palavras-chave: Brazilian foreign policy, democracy, changes in foreign policy, politicization, South America

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Resumo Inglês:

In recent times the interaction between democracy and foreign policy has begun to be studied and theorized in Brazil. The link between politics and foreign policy is not new, however, the focus of this article is on the shifts that have taken place since the beginning of the democratic regime. Its aim is to identify changes in Brazilian foreign policy based on ideas and political preferences due to alternation of governments; and deconstruct the idea that Brazilian foreign policy is a state policy, limited to superficial changes. Following a discussion of the recent literature about changes in foreign policy, the article maps the changes that occurred between 1990 and 2003 and analyses Brazilian foreign policy behavior towards South America during the Worker’s Party administrations. Based on a comparative perspective, it examines the changes in Brazilian behavior toward the region during the Temer administration. This was the area where foreign policy experienced strongest transformations. Finally, the article briefly points out the changes that occurred in foreign policy towards South America at the beginning of Bolsonaro’s administration. The methodology, especially in relation to the Temer and Bolsonaro administrations, uses press material and interviews with foreign policymakers.