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Brazil, Americas and the world: public opinion and foreign policy

Grant number: 15/05028-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2015
Effective date (End): May 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - International Politics
Principal Investigator:Maria Hermínia Brandão Tavares de Almeida
Grantee:Meilian Higa Lee
Host Institution: Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/04495-4 - Brazil, the Americas and the world: public opinion and foreign policy in 2013, AP.TEM


The objective of this project is to describe and analyze the perception of the Brazilian public in relation to our foreign policy and international politics. This research is part of an international academic partnership, which includes research teams from several Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. The overall coordination of the project (Las Américas y el Mundo) is made by the Centre de Investigación y Docencia Economic (CIDE), Mexico. The international project seeks to understand public perceptions and attitudes about international issues that gained more importance in this century and capture the reaction of society to international changes and their domestic impact. The study covers a wide range of topics (cultural, economic, social, political, security), levels (bilateral, regional and global) related to international relations and foreign policy. A research panel-type will be held with two surveys: a survey leaders linked to international relations, with intentional sample of 200 cases; and a survey with the public, containing a probabilistic sample of 1500 cases with stratified national distribution, repeated every four years. In parallel, a database will be mounted, in an electronic form, based on signed articles and editorials that deal with foreign policy. We will use the texts published in O Estado de São Paulo, Folha de São Paulo, Valor Econômico and O Globo. The results will be presented in two forms: a) an analysis of the attitudes and perceptions of the foreign policy community and the Brazilian public in relation to the number of subjects included in the questionnaires; b) a comparative analysis of the perceptions of the foreign policy community, if it were the case, and the public opinion about the status of the country in the international arena and of the foreign policy agenda in the seven countries studied.

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