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Public Opinion and Venezuelan Foreign Policy

John Magdaleno G.

in Venezuela's Petro-Diplomacy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035307
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035307.003.0004
Public Opinion and Venezuelan Foreign Policy

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This chapter discusses public opinion about Hugo Chávez's Venezuelan foreign policy. Venezuela's foreign policy has been asserted by many to constitute a positive effort by the Venezuelan government to market its image internationally. The chapter looks at the impact of this strategy on target audiences. Public opinion of Venezuela's foreign policy highlighted growing challenge for the Chávez government. A stronger government effort to earn a more favorable perception among key international actors, requiring the use of even more resources, was carried out. The chapter takes into account the influence of factors such as the attempted international reach of the “Bolivarian revolution”; the growing influence of the Venezuelan state in Latin America; domestic challenges such as security, inflation, food shortages; and a rise in social protests on internal costs of foreign policy in Venezuela.

Keywords: public opinion; Venezuela; foreign policy; Bolivarian revolution; internal costs; domestic challenges

Chapter.  4313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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