The production of soft power: practising solidarity in Brazilian South–South development projects

Sandra Bry

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    Abstract

    Brazil’s development cooperation and solidarity discourse have been portrayed as soft power resources. However, few studies have analysed how Brazil implements development cooperation, and soft power theory itself suffers from a lack of empirical evidence. This article looks at the perceptions of participants in three Brazilian projects, particularly how soft empowerment is manifested through the demand-driven and horizontality approaches to development cooperation. I contend that these approaches have produced a positive image among the “recipients”, and I show that their perceptions of development cooperation emphasise the style, rather than the completion, of project activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement
    Volume36
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)442-458
    ISSN0225-5189
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Brazil
    • Soft power
    • South–South cooperation
    • Biofuels

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