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Regional integration and the horizontalization of the Brazilian foreign policy: preferences of the business community in the infrastructure projects in South America

Grant number: 18/08150-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science
Principal Investigator:Wagner Pralon Mancuso
Grantee:Tiago Franca Menegatti
Home Institution: Instituto de Relações Internacionais (IRI). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/21311-0 - Challenges on the integration of infrastructure in South America: moments of crises, BE.EP.MS


The purpose of this research project is to better understand if the preferences of the business community in the integration agenda of South American infrastructure have contributed to the deconcentration of the decision-making process and of the Brazilian Foreign Policy in the region after the creation of the Initiative for South American Regional Integration (IIRSA) in 2000. The Brazilian international performance has been characterized by a strong institutional element, represented by the bureaucratic power of the Brazilian Foreign Office: one of the factors that explain the trend of Brazilian foreign policy continuity. However, subjects with greater exposure to the public, greater pressure from state and non-state domestic actors expect to have a greater presidential participation in the issue. Whereas, in more technical matters, there is a greater presence of specialized agencies and representatives of civil society. In this regard, we ask to what extent the importance of the regional infrastructure for the business sector has allowed its greater participation in the decision-making process of the Brazilian foreign policy and, in this way, has contributed to the relativization of the Brazilian Foreign Office insulation. We will therefore try to understand what the preferences of entrepreneurship in South American infrastructure projects have assumed for Brazilian action in integration and cooperation processes in the region. (AU)