A Tragedy of Middle Power Politics: Traps in Brazil’s Quest for Institutional Revisionism

  • Dawisson Belém Lopes
  • Guilherme Casarões
  • Carlos Frederico Gama


Middle powers such as Brazil have become relevant players in the world stage. In the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis, they displayed particularly impressive credentials—countries with large territories and huge populations, responsible for the major part of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth. As their relevance in international politics increases by leaps and bounds, so does their institutional investment. Not only by building coalitions and organizations of their own, middle powers also show considerable interest in those already available international institutional arrangements which conform the backbone of a post-World War II international system, such as the United Nations (UN) and the Bretton Woods institutions (the International Monetary Fund [IMF] and the World Bank [WB], not to mention a latecomer, World Trade Organization [WTO], and a novel grouping, the Group of Twenty (G-20), brought to life as a multilateral response to the world’s financial crisis).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawisson Belém Lopes
    • 1
  • Guilherme Casarões
    • 2
  • Carlos Frederico Gama
    • 3
  1. 1.Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)Belo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.São Paulo Business School of Fundação Getulio Vargas (EAESP-FGV)São PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Universidade Federal do TocantinsPalmasBrazil

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