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Foreign Policy Making in America's Back Yard: The Case of Venezuela, 1936-1969


Robert Kevlihan


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October 26, 2010


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This paper considers the degree to which Venezuela was able to exercise autonomy in foreign political and economic spheres over a 60 year period from the 1930s to the 1960s. An oil rich but relatively weak state, Venezuela succeeded, over time, in carving out increased levels of economic autonomy from foreign multi-nationals, often in return for political support for the regional hegemon. Venezuela’s success in this regard was somewhat dependent on external events; World War II and the Cuban revolution in particular, providing changing the opportunity structures facing the country in such a way as to facilitate economic gains by enterprising local leaders as a quid pro quo for a relatively dependent position in the foreign political sphere.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Oil, Venezuela, Foreign Policy, Latin America, Cold War, International Politics, Dependency

JEL Classification: N16, F23, N46, N56, N52, O54, P52, Q48

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Date posted: October 27, 2010  

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Kevlihan, Robert, Foreign Policy Making in America's Back Yard: The Case of Venezuela, 1936-1969 (October 26, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1698191 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1698191

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