Theoretical Considerations

  • Markus Fraundorfer
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter lays out the theoretical framework underlying the analysis of Brazil’s exercise of power in global sectoral governance. After a brief characterisation of global governance, the chapter outlines the best way to analyse power in this context. Thereafter, the chapter distinguishes three types of power (discursive, decision-making/bargaining and resource-transfer power) and the accompanying types of interface (discursive, organisational and resource-transfer interface). As a first step in the further specification of these three types of power, the concept of narrative and the relevant narrative types as a form of discursive power are introduced. As a second step, the concept of nodal governance is further developed as an essential approach to a better understanding of both Brazil’s decision-making/bargaining and resource-transfer power.


Food Insecurity Shared Knowledge Global Governance Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Gateway Node 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Fraundorfer
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  1. 1.German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)Germany

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