THE MAKING OF A FREE CITY: The Foundation of Laissez-faire Capitalist Free Cities in Honduras in The Juncture of Globalisation

Pineda Rodas & Luis Guillermo

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The term globalisation suggests ideas that resemble a process of homogenisation in a global scale. However, empirical evidence suggests that in numerous places a revitalisation of the local has taken place. Free Cities are spaces of local revitalisation that have resulted in and from globalisation. This thesis analyses the development of libertarian Free Cities in Honduras after a Constitutional Crisis that took place in 2009 cut off many of the networks to the global markets of the country for several months. As a result of this political crisis, politicians and entrepreneurs in Honduras allied and sought for radical ideological changes to the ways in which they took part in international trade. In 2011 a law creating an autonomous territory inside of Honduras was enacted, and by 2013 a new law modified the Constitution to create the first Free City territories in the world. A critical analysis of the ideology behind these city projects is the methodology used to do an examination of the ideas behind Libertarianism with interviews done to leaders behind this movement. The thesis focuses on a critical discussion of the discourse of the interviewees and on how are these ideas relevant to the further perspectivisation of the theories of modernity, globalisation and territorialisation in the field of city building studies. As well, in understanding how the ideas of the Libertarian ideologues that promote the projects are being reshaped and altered by local, regional and global processes and transformations.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 aug. 2013
VejledereBjørn Thomassen


  • libertarianism
  • local versus global
  • free cities
  • territorial transformations
  • global studies
  • globalization
  • Honduras
  • globalisation
  • City building
  • Latin America