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Ideas of State in dispute: an analysis of FHC and Lula governments through the diplomacy agent's action.

Grant number: 13/03048-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal Investigator:Roberto Grün
Grantee:Leandro Garcez Targa
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/20610-3 - Ideas of State in dispute: an analysis of FHC and Lula governments through the diplomacy agent's action, BE.EP.DR


The objective of this project is analyzing the ideas of State during presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC) and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) governments in foreign policy. We intend to analyze the diplomatists actions of Foreign Policy Department (Ministério das Relações Exteriores - MRE) and Rio Branco Institute (Instituto Rio Branco - IRBr) through the study of two "games": a) the arguments about Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA); and b) the changes on IRBr selective process during the transitions years between FHC and Lula governments. Our hypothesis is that the alternation of federal executive power marked by 2002 elections represents an unprecedented interference on diplomatic field, it is necessary to analyze the impact of this interference. There are few studies about brazilian foreign policy and the diplomatists action associated with the Pierre's Bourdieu theory. We understand that the search tools proposed by the author (as like field and habitus) can be used to analyze more precisely the State action involving, for example, the discussion of the relationship between the political field, the power field and the bureaucratic field. The research methodology is based on studies of life histories and the trajectories of the agents from documents and interviews.

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