Which Brazilian policy for regionalism? Discourse and institutional development in Mercosur


  • Marcelo de Almeida Medeiros Universidad Federal de Pernambuco
  • Clarissa Franzoi Dri Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina


During the past decade, Mercosur has been insistently presented as the priority of Brazilian foreign policy. Nevertheless, in this period regional integration has neither deepened nor enlarged. This article aims to explain this gap between discourse and practice by examining how Brazil's regionalism policy is characterized. The analysis is based on a case study of the creation of Mercosur's Parliament in 2006. Theoretically, we argue that discursive institutionalism and international regimes theory can largely account for the detachment of Brazil from Mercosur and the limited interdependence that has been built among these countries. The conclusion points to the induction of a low-impact regionalism that facilitates Brazil's actions at the international level.

Palabras clave:

Brasil, regionalismo, Parlamento del Mercosur, política exterior

Biografía del autor/a

Clarissa Franzoi Dri, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina


Doctora en Ciencia Política, Instituto de Estudios Políticos, Bordeaux, Francia. Profesora adjunta del Departamento de Economía y Relaciones Internacionales, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brasil. Investigadora asociada del Centro Émile Durkheim del Instituto de Estudios Políticos de Bordeaux. Magister en Derecho de las Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad de Santa Catarina y licenciada en derecho de la Universidad Federal de Santa Maria, Brasil.