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OLIVEIRA, Ivan Tiago Machado  and  MILANI, Carlos R. S.. Non-state actors and trade policy-making in Brazil: an Analysis of interests and strategies in CEB and REBRIP. Dados [online]. 2012, vol.55, n.2, pp. 367-401. ISSN 0011-5258.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0011-52582012000200004.

The article analyzes how actors from the business sector (CEB) and organized civil society (REBRIP) worked to defend their interests in order to influence Brazil's international trade negotiation strategy-making between 1995 and 2010. The study also seeks to understand the extent to which non-state actors succeeded in affecting the Brazilian government's definition of its official positions and priorities. The main conclusions are the following: a) a convergence of interests between business sectors and institutional actors vis-à-vis the choice of trade negotiation forums; b) the essentially protectionist profile of interests coordinated by CEB in the main negotiations; c) the role of REBRIP, organized primarily in the field of challenging the principles of the negotiating strategy itself, with only a marginal direct contribution to shaping the agenda for negotiating regional or multilateral trade agreements; and d) the involvement of REBRIP as an element for democratization of the foreign trade policy agenda in Brazil.

Keywords : Brazilian foreign policy; trade negotiations; non-state actors; decision-making process.

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