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Brazilian Foreign Policy after the Cold War$
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Sean W. Burges

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033334

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033334.001.0001

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The Ideas Dimension

The Ideas Dimension

(p.64) 3 The Ideas Dimension
Brazilian Foreign Policy after the Cold War

Sean W. Burges

University Press of Florida

The pyramidal model of structural power illustrated by Susan Strange is used to attain a better understanding of power's various aspects in terms of constructing a hegemony. Since Strange's model is able to explain the interconnected nature of structural power's different dimensions, it graphically illustrates how each aspect relies on and reinforces other facets. In spite of how Brazil's economy and security are far from being absolute, Itamaraty envisioned a South American project. Understanding this would require grasping the significance of the various ideas that underlie the construction of the country's foreign policy. Cardoso articulates that foreign policy relies heavily on diplomatic actions when economic resources are scarce. This chapter focuses on democracy, liberal economics, and globalization in explaining the main ideas regarding the South American project.

Keywords:   South American project, Itamaraty, foreign policy, liberal economics, globalization, democracy, structural power, Susan Strange

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