Crude Democracy Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes

ISBN-10: 0521730759

ISBN-13: 9780521730754

Edition: 2008

Authors: Thad Dunning
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Description: 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.

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Thad Dunning is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has written on a range of methodological topics, including impact evaluation, econometric corrections for selection effects and multi-method research in the social sciences, and his first book, Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2008), won the Best Book Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Does Oil Promote Democracy?
The Authoritarian and Democratic Effects of Natural Resources
Explaining Variation
Method and Plan of the Book
The Foundations of Rentier States
Sources of Rents
Fiscal Effects: Natural Resources and Taxation
Toward the Political Effects of Rents
Resource Rents and the Political Regime
A Model of Coups against Democracy
A Model of Democratization
Discussion and Interpretation
Statistical Tests on Rents and the Regime
Concepts and Measures
Rents and the Level of Democracy
Democratic Transitions and Breakdowns
Assessing the Large-N Evidence
The Democratic Effect of Rents
Case Selection: Probing the Mechanisms
Venezuela: The Rise and Demise of Rentier Democracy
Rentier Democracy in Comparative Perspective
Chile: Class Conflict in a Rentier Democracy
Bolivia: Rents, Revolution, and Democracy
Ecuador: Oil Booms and Democratization
Botswana: An African Anomaly
Theoretical Extensions
Revenue Volatility
The Dutch Disease
Resource Ownership
Conclusion: Whither the Resource Curse?
Crude Democracies and Crude Autocracies
Resources and Democracy: A Normative Coda
Construction of the Simulations
Bibliography
Index
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