The political economy of peripheral states in a post-Cold War world: The case of Paraguay

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Enrique A. Baloyra - Committee Chair


The end of the Cold War has resulted in the proliferation of away from the major centers of power and toward the periphery. This has meant that in the emerging interdependent post-Cold War world, the position and internal configuration of small/Third World states has been dramatically transformed. Much of this change is a result of emerging international norms or proto-regimes which are emphasizing political democracy and economic neoliberalism and integration. It is increasingly important to take a closer look at the systemic and local variables that are changing the nature and function of what has been termed and reconceptualized as post-Cold War "Peripheral" states. The degree of relative autonomy and change for a country like Paraguay is measured by focusing on transformations in variables or issue areas such as political democracy (democratic transition) and economic neoliberalism and integration (MERCOSUR). This dissertation asserts that the post-Cold War world is full of challenges for a peripheral state like Paraguay. The political and economic development of these states will very much depend upon their ability to confront and manage social and political demands which threaten fragile democracies and vulnerable economic systems.


History, Modern; Political Science, International Law and Relations

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