Brazil’s Leadership Through Global Channels: Autonomy, Diversification and Acceptance

  • Melisa Deciancio
Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 11)


This chapter will focus on how the Lula administration strengthened its position as a regional leader through global governance channels. The author argues that international forums have become useful spaces for emerging powers to gain acceptance of their regional leadership from their neighbours. Brazil’s intent to lead in South America has been accompanied by strong activism in multilateral organizations. However, despite the fact that Brazil’s neighbours have timidly consented to its leadership of the region on particular issues of common interest, gaining this acceptance has been the hardest part of Brazil’s consolidation as a regional leader. Despite a general perception of acceptance there has been resistance from the other big regional players—like Argentina and Venezuela—towards key components of the Brazilian agenda abroad. Some of these trends have changed under Rousseff administration.


Autonomy Diversification Acceptance Leadership G20 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International RelationsFLACSO-ArgentinaBuenos AiresArgentina

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