Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared / Edition 1

Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared / Edition 1

by Miriam R. Lowi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521113180

ISBN-13: 9780521113182

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How can we make sense of Algeria's post-colonial experience - the tragedy of unfulfilled expectations, the descent into violence, the resurgence of the state? Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics explains why Algeria's domestic political economy unravelled from the mid-1980s, and how the regime eventually managed to regain power and hegemony. Miriam Lowi argues the…  See more details below

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How can we make sense of Algeria's post-colonial experience - the tragedy of unfulfilled expectations, the descent into violence, the resurgence of the state? Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics explains why Algeria's domestic political economy unravelled from the mid-1980s, and how the regime eventually managed to regain power and hegemony. Miriam Lowi argues the importance of leadership decisions for political outcomes, and extends the argument to explain the variation in stability in oil-exporting states following economic shocks. Comparing Algeria with Iran, Iraq, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, she asks why some states break down and undergo regime change, while others remain stable, or manage to re-stabilise after a period of instability. In contrast with exclusively structuralist accounts of the rentier state, this book demonstrates, in a fascinating and accessible study, that political stability is a function of the way in which structure and agency combine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521113182
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #32
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Introduction: 1. Oil shocks and the challenge to states; 2. Natural resources and political instability; Part II. Algeria and its Discontents: 3. From conquest to independence; 4. The elaboration of a system; 5. From boom to bust, and … verging on breakdown; 6. The persistence of violence and the process of re-equilibration; Part III. Comparisons and Conclusions: 7. Variations on a theme: comparators in the Muslim world; 8. Oil wealth and the poverty of politics; Bibliography.

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