This study focuses on how neocolonial dependence impacts the decision-making of states and their representatives on the floor of the United Nations. Neocolonialism has been a phenomenon prevalent in the international sphere since the departure of colonial powers from their respective colonies in the mid-20th century. Although colonialism has become obsolete, hegemonic states have adopted new methods of asserting power upon small states through the utilization of soft power. In this study, I conceptualize neocolonialism, use this criterion to identify various neocolonial dyads, and investigate how the phenomenon influences the decision-making of states in the United Nations. I synthesize and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data to draw conclusions about the influence of neocolonialism on the decision-making of states on the Security Council. My findings shed light on the strategies neocolonizers use to assert their influence on their neocolonies and show the presence of a legitimate voting coincidence between states in neocolonial relationships.


Bienvenu, Fiacre


Political Science


International Relations


Neocolonialism, United Nations, Hegemony, Dependency, World-Systems, International Relations, Security Council

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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