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POMEROY, Melissa. Civil Society Participation in Brazilian Foreign Policy: an Analysis of its Democratic Quality. Contexto int. [online]. 2016, vol.38, n.2, pp.711-729. ISSN 1982-0240.

Working from an analytical framework that emphasises the horizontalisation of the decision-making process of Brazilian foreign policy, considered as public policy and subject to democratic control, this article analyses the democratic quality of this policy’s participatory institutions, using the criteria established by democratic theory. Civil society participation is analysed in three areas of foreign policy: multilateral international negotiations, regional integration, and South–South development co-operation. It can be stated that civil society participation in Brazilian foreign policy is of a diffuse nature, discretionary, and with a high degree of informality.

Keywords : Participation; Brazilian Foreign Policy; Civil Society; Democratic Quality; Foreign Policy Analysis.

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