Book Launch – New Geographies of Global Policy-Making: South-South Networks and Rural Development Strategies


International institutions and agencies from the Global North are no longer the sole initiators of development norms and best practices. The proliferation of exports and imports of social, economic and policy management models have called for a rethinking of South–South relations. To date, most studies have focused on the drivers and strategies of international initiatives made by emerging powers; none have analysed the impact of these initiatives on the receiving country’s institutions, and on the structures of international organisations. In this book, Carolina Milhorance examines the content, process and consequences of the internationalisation of Brazil’s rural public policy instruments. Brazil earned wide international recognition in the early 2000s for its agricultural modernisation and social policies; its increasing influence illustrated the specific political interests of coalitions that are embedded in domestic and international struggles. Drawing on extensive field research – including more than 280 interviews – conducted in Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, France and Italy, Milhorance analyses the effects of the internationalisation of Brazilian policy solutions on national and local political systems in recipient countries, highlighting specifically the case of Mozambique. Relying on a new theoretical approach to International Relations – one based on public policy analysis and international political sociology – she moves beyond a debate about conventional notions of international power.

New Geographies of Global Policy-Making will be of interest to scholars and researchers of international relations, public policy analysis, political sociology, comparative politics, and Latin American studies.


‘Policy transfer from Europe and North America has been a popular topic in the social sciences but at last we have an original study that moves away from Western-centric analysis. New Geographies of Global Policy-Making focuses on Brazil’s leading capacity to share policy solutions with Latin American and African countries. Innovative in theory and rich in detail, Carolina Milhorance delves into the networks of actors at multiple levels of governance to better account for the historical and political distinctiveness of South-South exchanges. In her compelling study of food security and rural policy we have a fascinating analysis of how international norms travel and are interpreted in myriad policy translations across different national contexts. This book is thoughtful, authoritative and a ‘must-read’ for academics and policy analysts alike who see the signs of the emergence of global policy making.’

Diane Stone, Centenary Professor, University of Canberra and Professor, University of Warwick

‘Richly researched and boldly theorized, this book traces the internationalization and transfer of Brazilian agricultural policy from competing domestic coalitions, through international organizations, and finally to recipient countries. Milhorance manages to capture all the stages, actors, their ideas and their conflicts, in a unified narrative that significantly advances the field.’

Leslie A. Pal, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration and Director, Centre on Governance and Public Management, Carleton University

‘The recent Brazilian experience of connecting economic instruments to social policies inspired a new type of South-South cooperation that is focused on sharing public policy know-how. This book provides valuable empirical and theoretical resources for understanding the originality of the Brazilian international action and its presence in Mozambique.’

Marcel Bursztyn, Professor, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil