Article by MSc student, Jan Minke Contreras, published in the Bulletin of Latin American Research


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Latin American states have, in varying degrees, struggled to form a foreign policy which successfully incorporates developmental issues. Through an institutional analysis, this article identifies the institutional frameworks within which a development‐oriented foreign policy (DOFP) is more prone to emerge and succeed. 

It is argued that DOFP has faced significant challenges as foreign policy has primarily remained a tool for regime survival. This is largely the case in Latin America the foreign policy desicion-making process is marked by a institutional exclusiveness and presidentialism. The article, moreover, argues that both consistency and coherence remain central to the instrumentalisation of foreign policy as a development tool.

By conducting a comparison between Ecuadorean and Chilean foreign policy, the article sheds light on the institutional components which have allowed the latter to successfully incorporate a development agenda and the former to stumble in its efforts.


Minke Contreras, J. (2020), Towards Development‐Oriented Foreign Policy in Latin America: The Cases of Ecuador and Chile. Bull Lat Am Res. doi:10.1111/blar.13110