Small States in the Global Society

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This study is the result of a decision by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their 1983 Meeting in New Delhi. It was conceived in the framework of the Commonwealth’s long-standing concern with the economic problems of its very many small member states. The ‘vulnerability’ of small states is the essential concept informing the enquiry and it is considered in all its relevant aspects – military, political, economic, technical, social and cultural.  



Underpinning Economic Growth

In considering the economic problems of small states the issue of viability inevitably arises. Now that independent small states are a reality in the international system, the question has become less prominent. Nevertheless, it remains important since many states are finding it difficult to overcome the constraints smallness places in their way and reach reasonable levels of prosperity.


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