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From the Publisher"It is an intellectual tour-de-force that contrasts the variation to economic shocks the author finds in her study of Algeria to that of Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia. A highly recommended book for anyone interested in Algeria's tortuous path since its independence, in the problems of development in general, and in those of hydrocarbon economies in particular. Meticulously researched, and broadly comparative in scope, this book is a welcome addition both to the study of Algeria and to the larger theoretical question that provides its focus."
- Diederik Vandewalle, Middle East Journal
" Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics is not only a well-written case study of Algeria, tracing its political trajectory from independence, but also a well documented study of rentier states. Its comparative perspective reveals the importance of leadership choices over natural resource endowments."-Jean-Marc Kilolo-Malambwe, Institut de la statistique du Québec, African Studies Review