Brazil ups and downs in global environmental

governance (2008-2018)

A Special Issue of RBPI - Volume 62 - N. 2

Since the 1990’s, Global Environmental Governance has become a relevant issue in the dynamic of the International System and in the academic studies of International Relations. In the beginning, most studies were framed on the theory of international regimes and multilateralism focusing on climate change, erosion of biodiversity, deforestation, depletion of the ozone layer, nuclear safety and, international trade in hazardous waste. During the 21st century there was a diversification in the theoretical framework – international political economy of the environment, global governance, comparative public opinion studies, minilateralism or bilateralism of environmental powers, strategy of big corporations, NGOs and subnational entities – and a widening in the number of subjects – energy transition, ocean pollution, freshwater scarcity, sustainability transition, low carbon development. The general trend in global environmental governance research has been increasing the study of the relationship between the specific topic and the broader economic and political dynamic of the international system.

The goal of this special issue of Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional – RBPI is to analyze the role of Brazil in Global Environmental Governance, focusing (but not restricted) to the 2008-2018 period. In the last decade, the Brazilian academic community of international relations has published a significant number of studies, but most of them were not published in English and consequently not submitted to the quality assessment of the international scientific community.

The central assumption of this special issue is that the role of Brazil in global environmental governance has been very heterogeneous depending upon the specific issue. Brazilian and international scholars are welcome to submit on any particular issue of environmental policy, not restricted to the ones referred above. Articles submitted could use diverse theoretical frameworks, including eclectic ones.

All articles should answer all or most of the following questions:

  • What has been the evolution of the Brazilian domestic policy in the issue? Has been the policy robust, intermediate or weak?
  • What has been the evolution of the Brazilian environmental foreign policy on the issue? Has Brazil been a leader, a follower, a reluctant or a blocker?
  • What has been the impact of Brazilian NGOs, corporations and scientific community in the Brazilian environmental foreign policies?
  • Is there correspondence or dissonance between the discourse of the Brazilian government on the issue and the effectively implemented policies?
  • What has been the relationship between the evolution of the environmental policy and the broader Brazilian foreign policy?

The volume will be edited by Eduardo Viola (Full Professor of International Relations at University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil) and Veronica Korber Gonçalves (Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil).

All submissions should be original and unpublished, must be written in English, including an abstract of 70-80 words (and three keywords in English), and follow the Chicago System. They must be in the range of 8.000 words. RBPI general authors guidelines can be seen here. Submissions must be done at (Online Submissions).

Articles can be submitted between September 1st, 2018 and April 30th, 2019.

RBPI is published exclusively online at Scielo (, following the continuous publication model. This model gives faster publication for authors and also faster access for readers because the articles are published online at the very moment their editorial production is finished. The first segment will be likely released in January 2019.

CFP - 2/2019 - Brazil´s ups and downs