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Sovereignty Issue

Wright (1964, p. 205) said that effective government "necessarily combines the principles of consent and coercion, but the proportion of each is not unimportant. The virtues of modern civilization . . . can be better preserved . . . with a maximum of consent and a minimum of complusion . . . ." Coer cion used by states is a part of conflict behavior among states (Mitchell, 1981). Conflict behavior is contrasted with competition. Where competition is "aimed at achieving particu

3lar goals," conflict implies "behavior aimed at affecting an opponent" (Mitchell, 1981, p. 30).

The question of sovereignty in the contemporary world is associated with the discretion of states to act independently of coercion by other states. In this context, the following questions come to mind:

1. Can a smaller state with economic goals inconsistent with those of a significantly more military powerful neighboring state exercise sovereignty in economic matters?

2. Can a smaller state with political goals inconsistent with those of a significantly more military powerful neighboring state exercise sovereignty in political matters?

3. Can a smaller state exercise sovereignty in political matters, if such exercise in sovereighty would likely be interpreted by a significantly more military powerful state as a threat to the more powerful state's political or economic security?

The above questions are important. If they can be answered only in the negative, then smaller states are free to exercise sovereign rights only so long as such exercise of sovereignty does not impinge on the interestsreal or perceivedof a significantly more military powerful neighboring states.

Five hypotheses were formulated to investigate the problem. These hypotheses are as follows:

1. It is hypothesized that the Dominican Republic has not been permitted to exercise sovereign rights when its economic goals were perceived as a threat to American economi...

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