neocolonialism

Use the political term neocolonialism to describe the use of capitalism and social pressures by a large country to control a smaller country.

The word neocolonialism basically means "a new kind of colonialism," and colonialism is when one country controls another, often using violence. This new kind of colonialism uses non-military ways of gaining control, mostly through economic means, and often makes use of the poorer country's resources in a way that leaves its people dependent on the richer country — and also ensures they'll remain poor.

Definitions of neocolonialism
  1. noun
    control by a powerful country of its former colonies (or other less developed countries) by economic pressures
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    type of:
    colonialism
    exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country
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