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Brazil's role in institutions of global economic governance : the WTO and G20

Doctor, Mahrukh



The article evaluates the extent to which Brazil's foreign policy actions, negotiating positions and diplomatic strategies in global governance institutions contribute to supporting its national interest and foreign policy aims. It compares Brazil's preferences and behaviour in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Group of 20 (G20). For decades, Brazil's primary national interest has been national economic development. The article argues that Brazil is moving from a material interests based definition of its prime national interest to a more complex one that includes both material and prestige/status based aspects. Research demonstrates that Brazil has become increasingly focused on gaining recognition as a leader of developing countries, sometimes even at the cost of realising its full material interests. It considers the value of constructivist international relations theory to understanding Brazilian foreign policy.


Doctor, M. (2015). Brazil's role in institutions of global economic governance : the WTO and G20. Global Society, 29(3), 286-300.

Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 15, 2015
Publication Date Jul 3, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 27, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 27, 2016
Journal Global society
Print ISSN 1360-0826
Electronic ISSN 1469-798X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 286-300
Keywords World Trade Organization (WTO); Brazil; Group of 20 (G20); Emerging power; Global governance
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Copyright Statement ©2015 University of Hull
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Global society on 15th April 2015, available online:


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