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The decision-making process in the Brazilian foreign policy: the case of Petrobras (1972-2019)

Grant number: 20/10529-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 30, 2020
Effective date (End): September 29, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - International Politics
Principal researcher:Pedro Feliú Ribeiro
Grantee:Rodrigo Pedrosa Lyra
Supervisor abroad: Anthony Wynne Pereira
Home Institution: Instituto de Relações Internacionais (IRI). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: King's College London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:18/19289-4 - Foreign policy decision making in Brazil: the case of Petrobras, BP.DR


This research analyses the relationship between Brazilian foreign policy and Petrobras' international operations in all the countries this company has invested so far. I aim to contribute to the development of the foreign policy analysis (FPA) field in Brazil. This research addresses a significant theme within Brazilian society: the performance abroad of the country's largest enterprise. Besides its economic stature, Petrobras was at the center of the largest corruption scandal in Brazil . Most of the reasons for its fall from grace lie in its international operations, such as its poor management of foreign contracts. In this regard, it is crucial to investigate Petrobras' decision-making to understand how different actors have led to constraints in the company's ability to make autonomous investments abroad. (AU)

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