Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes

Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes

by Thad Dunning
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521730759

ISBN-13: 9780521730754

Pub. Date: 09/08/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that natural resource wealth promotes autocracy. Oil and other forms of mineral wealth can promote both authoritarianism and democracy, the book argues, but they do so through different mechanisms; an understanding of these different mechanisms can help elucidate when either the authoritarian or democratic effects of

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Overview

This book challenges the conventional wisdom that natural resource wealth promotes autocracy. Oil and other forms of mineral wealth can promote both authoritarianism and democracy, the book argues, but they do so through different mechanisms; an understanding of these different mechanisms can help elucidate when either the authoritarian or democratic effects of resource wealth will be relatively strong. Exploiting game-theoretic tools and statistical modeling as well as detailed country case studies and drawing on fieldwork in Latin America and Africa, this book builds and tests a theory that explains political variation across resource-rich states. It will be read by scholars studying the political effects of natural resource wealth in many regions, as well as by those interested in the emergence and persistence of democratic regimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521730754
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Does oil promote democracy?; 2. The foundations of rentier states; 3. Resource rents and the political regime; 4. Statistical tests on rents and the regime; 5. The democratic effect of rents; 6. Rentier democracy in comparative perspective; 7. Theoretical extensions; 8. Conclusion: whither the resource curse?

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