Brazil's South-South Co-operation Strategies: From Foreign Policy to Public Policy

"This paper analyses the role of institutional and non-institutional actors in current Brazilian foreign policy agendas, particularly in the field of South–South co-operation. The plurality of actors and agendas results in an increasingly complex decision-making process, bringing about the challenge for the Brazilian government to avoid traditional conceptions of foreign policy as a perennial state policy and start thinking of foreign policy as a public policy. This change in mind set and in institutional patterns requires that the state and the government, which are in action at the international level, should be seen as the main producers of this policy, but in dialogue with other actors."