The Brazilian Rise and the Elusive South American Balance

  • Luis Leandro Schenoni Universidade Católica Argentina Universidade Torcuato Di Tella German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Palavras-chave: Brasil, Realismo Neoclássico, Unipolaridade, América do Sul

Resumo

Within the last fifty years, the Brazilian share of South American power has increased from one-third to one-half of the overall material capabilities in the region. Such a significant change in the regional power structure cannot have gone unnoticed by Brazil’s neighbors. The article addresses the main question related to South American unipolarity (1985–2014): Why have most countries in the region not implemented any consistent balancing or bandwagoning strategies vis-à-vis Brazil? Drawing on neoclassical realism, the article proposes that certain domestic variables – government instability, limited party-system institutionalization, and powerful presidents – have diverted the attention of political elites and foreign policy executives from the challenges generated by a rising Brazil. Crisp-set qualitative comparative analysis is used to test this hypothesis and other, alternative explanations for the regional imbalance.

Biografia do Autor

Luis Leandro Schenoni, Universidade Católica Argentina Universidade Torcuato Di Tella German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Professor Assistente na Pontifícia Universidade Católica Argentina.

Candidato a Doutor em Ciência Política na Universidade Torcuato Di Tella.

Pesquisador Visitante no German Institute for Global and Area Studies.

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Publicado
18-12-2014
Como Citar
Schenoni, L. L. (2014). The Brazilian Rise and the Elusive South American Balance. Estudos Internacionais: Revista De relações Internacionais Da PUC Minas, 2(2), 215-231. Recuperado de http://periodicos.pucminas.br/index.php/estudosinternacionais/article/view/8196
Seção
Dossiê: América do Sul