Coalition Making and Norm Shaping in Brazil’s Foreign Policy in the Climate Change Regime


This work analyses Brazil’s foreign policy in the climate change regime. More specifically, it focuses on two initiatives that Brazil actively promoted, the BASIC coalition, which was established at the COP-15 in Copenhagen, and the concentric circles proposal, forwarded amidst the growing momentum for the COP-21 in Paris. By means of a comparative analysis, I look into three explanatory factors: (i) the structure of the regime; (ii) Brazil’s climate-related advantages; and (iii) its diplomatic expertise, for later seeing to which extent they account for Brazil’s behaviour in climate talks. I conclude that domestic factors played a more prominent role in the advancement of an individual proposal such as the concentric circles than on Brazil’s participation at the BASIC.info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersio

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This paper was published in Universidade de Lisboa: Repositório.UL.

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