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Hunger Cannot Wait: The Poverty Issue in Brazilian Foreign Policy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2006 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, ISSN 0046-8444, Vol. XXXVI, no 2, 89-106 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes how the Brazilian president, Luiz Ignacio ‘Lula’ da Silva, have used the concept of ‘poverty’ as Trojan horse of Brazilian Foreign Policy, to gain influence on international negotiations at different levels; that is, at regional integration negotiations or multilateral organizations such as the WTO and other parts of the UN-system. A paradox of the globalization process is that while there is an unprecedented concentration of military power of the United States, the use of 'hard power' is loosing legitimacy while 'soft power' is on the rise. Traditionally, the normative power over the agenda setting in the international system has been held by the western industrialized countries. A hypothesis of this article is that, with the end of the Cold War, there has been an erosion of superpower hegemony and new spheres of authority have gained leverage on the world scene. Such new context may open the door for a new room of maneuver to developing countries by using 'soft power' to strengthen their demands.

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2006. Vol. XXXVI, no 2, 89-106 p.
Keyword [en]
Brazil, Foreign Policy, Poverty, International Relations, Latin America, Development
National Category
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14141OAI: diva2:180661
Available from: 2008-06-13 Created: 2008-06-13 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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