Civilian control and the limits of defense policy in Argentina (1983-2001)

Matheus de Oliveira Pereira


This article analyzes the position of the machinery and equipment sector in response to the change in foreign policy during the Michel Temer government. We seek to answer if the reorientation in the State’s position on the international scene is consensual among the different sectors of the great Brazilian internal bourgeoisie, focusing on the industrial bourgeoisie. For that purpose, we have chosen to study the sector’s position at Mercosur-European Union (EU) agreement’s negotiation. We analyzed documents and interviews of ABIMAQ’s workers related to the agreement, as well as trade data of products related to the sector between Brazil and Mercosur and Brazil and EU. The hypothesis is that there is a divergence between the ABIMAQ’s position and the main entities of the brazilian industry, FIESP and CNI. Therefore, there is no consensus within the Brazilian internal bourgeoisie, despite the critics in the political scene in front of Workers Party’s foreign policy.


Argentina; Controle Civil; Política de Defesa; Relações Civil-Militares

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