Bras. Political Sci. Rev.. 27/Sep/2018;12(3):e0003.

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

Letícia Pinheiro, Maria Regina Soares de Lima

DOI: 10.1590/1981-3821201800030003

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’.

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

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