Neocolonialism

Robertson, Robbie (2005) Neocolonialism. In: Griffiths, Martin, (ed.) Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 578-580.

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[Extract] The term neocolonialism encapsulated the disappointment that many Third World citizens felt in the 1950s and 1960s as the euphoria accompanying independence wore off. Colonialism might be officially over but its consequences lived on, often embodied in local administrators who now occupied the same positions as their erstwhile rulers and pursued similar policies. As a consequence, neocolonialism assumed new applications. Dependency theorists used the term to describe strategies actively pursued by industrialized states to perpetuate their control over Third World economies. Third world elites employed the term to deflect domestic criticism from themselves to the machinations of first world nations. And first world leaders, despite rejecting colonialism and embracing universal modernization, began increasingly to revert to the stereotyping neocolonialism employed. Neocolonialism enjoyed a dynamic history.

Item ID: 21734
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-0-415-31160-1
Keywords: neocolonialism; decolonization; democratization; development; Third World
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 01:42
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