Within the Region, Beyond the Region: The Role of Brazil According to the Mass Public
If we are to assess the role that countries play in the world system, it is as important to consider their construed international identity as it is to take into account their material resources and capabilities. Dominant perceptions of world affairs, shared values and beliefs, and representations about its own interests frame and shape a country’s decisions and actions (Goldstein and Keohane, 1993; Wendt, 1999).1 Widespread beliefs and perceptions, which go beyond the circle of decision-makers and powerful stakeholders, are particularly important in democratic polities, helping to provide stability and predictability to foreign policies across time and different administrations.
KeywordsForeign Policy Regional Integration Common Currency South American Country International Issue
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