This MSc dissertation provides an extended discussion of the concept of hegemony using Destradi's "forms of hegemonic strategy". This theory is then utilised as a guiding framework for the analysis of Brazil's foreign policy. I expose the three main changes in the country‟s foreign policy (foreign economic policy, presidentialization and the articulation of a South American region) and then tie them to specific cases that illustrate the regional hegemonic strategies pursued by Brazilian diplomacy.
I conclude by arguing that the main changes in Brazilian foreign policy over the last two decades have been a consequence of the country‟s adoption of a regional consensual hegemonic strategy. This was adopted to build a region-wide collective action designed to advance its national priorities.
Albert Buyé Grau is an MSc graduate in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.