Chapter

The Ideas Dimension

Sean W. Burges

in Brazilian Foreign Policy after the Cold War

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033334
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033334.003.0004
The Ideas Dimension

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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

Chapter.  11198 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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