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World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues
Year : 2012, Volume : 16, Issue : 1
First page : ( 120) Last page : ( 163)
Print ISSN : 0971-8052. Online ISSN : 0974-0937.

Brazilian Thought and Regional Integration in the Twentieth Century

Vigevani Tullo, Junior Haroldo Ramanzini

Online published on 15 May, 2012.

Abstract

This article analyses the ways some schools of thought looked upon the issue of regional integration in Brazil. It focuses on the second half of the twentieth century and details views of the country's regional and international projections. To this end, it discusses the role of the state, the vision for the country, nationalism, economic development and underdevelopment, international recognition and the perceptions of neighbours. The idea of specificity in relation to neighbouring countries is an element present in the works of intellectuals and policymakers in Brazil as well as other countries, including those of the region. The paper also examines how this idea evolved over time, culminating in the 1980s with the acceptance of the existence of a community of interests with the countries of the Southern Cone as well as the rest of South America. In the 1990s and now in the twenty-first century, regional integration has become a theme with intellectual and political weight.

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