Honduras Pawn and Policy Maker

Date of Award

Spring 5-1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Justin Friberg

Committee Member

Kidana Mengisteab

Committee Member

Usman A. Qureshi

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45T56


A study of the weak state was conducted using the Honduras-U.S. relationship as a case study. Most existing literature, with the exception of Annette Baker Fox's The Power of Small States, does not analyze in detail a specific country's relationship with a powerful nation. This research examined the factors that helped a weak country maintain maneuverability in its domestic and foreign policies when under the influence of a strong power. Six conditions which facilitated maneuverability were: geographic proximity, rising nationalism, citizen participation in government, trade distribution and diversification, international pressure, and declining hegemony of the strong power. Events in Honduras were used to illustrate the conditions which helped Honduras maintain maneuverability. The study revealed that a new relationship between Honduras and the United States evolved because of the conditions which caused Honduras to maintain maneuverability in its policies.


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