Between Autonomy and Dependency: the Place of Agency in Brazilian Foreign Policy

Brazilian Political Science Review. 2018;12(3):1-22 DOI 10.1590/1981-3821201800030003


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Journal Title: Brazilian Political Science Review

ISSN: 1981-3821 (Online)

Publisher: Brazilian Political Science Association

Society/Institution: Brazilian Political Science Association

LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political science (General)

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English

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Letícia Pinheiro (Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro)

Maria Regina Soares de Lima (Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 50 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The article examines the construction of the concept of autonomy in Latin America and discusses to what extent it can be applied to contemporary Brazilian foreign policy. The article first examines classical definitions of the concept, and then looks at the ways in which it has been used to analyze Brazilian foreign policy for over half a century. We then reaffirm the importance of agency and how power relations vary from one thematic area to another. In doing so, the article advocates the concept's applicability for explaining certain behaviours, but rejects its use as a 'grand strategy'.