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Resource Curse or Rentier Peace? The Ambiguous Effects of Oil Wealth and Oil Dependence on Violent Conflict
The ‘resource curse’ hypothesis claims that abundance in natural resources, particularly oil, encourages especially civil war. Natural resources provide both motive and opportunity for conflict andExpand
Context Matters - Rethinking the Resource Curse in Sub-Saharan Africa
Natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from a bad reputation. Oil and diamonds, particularly, have been blamed for a number of Africa's illnesses such as poverty, corruption, dictatorship andExpand
Does discrimination breed grievances—and do grievances breed violence? New evidence from an analysis of religious minorities in developing countries
Since Ted Gurr’s Why Men Rebel it has become conventional wisdom that (relative) deprivation creates grievances and that these grievances in turn lead to intergroup violence. Recently, studies haveExpand
A Paradox of Plenty? Rent Distribution and Political Stability in Oil States
Resource curse theory claims that resource abundance encourages violent conflict. A study of 37 oil-producing developing countries, however, reveals that oil states with very high levels of oilExpand
Measuring Party Institutionalization in Developing Countries: A New Research Instrument Applied to 28 African Political Parties
The institutionalization of political parties is said to be important for democratic development, but its measurement has remained a neglected area of research. We understand the institutionalizationExpand
Bad Religion? Religion, Collective Action, and the Onset of Armed Conflict in Developing Countries
Anecdotal evidence from many armed conflicts suggests that religion incites violence. Theoretically speaking, several facets of religion can create motives and opportunities to overcome theExpand
ViEWS: A political violence early-warning system
This article presents ViEWS – a political violence early-warning system that seeks to be maximally transparent, publicly available, and have uniform coverage, and sketches the methodologicalExpand
Do Religious Factors Impact Armed Conflict? Empirical Evidence From Sub-Saharan Africa
Theoretically, the “mobilization hypothesis” establishes a link between religion and conflict by arguing that particular religious structures are prone to mobilization; once politicized, escalationExpand
Ethnicity and party preference in sub-Saharan Africa
Recent research has questioned the notion that ethnicity is the main determinant of party preference in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on data from representative survey polls in eight anglophone andExpand
Area studies, comparative area studies, and the study of politics: Context, substance, and methodological challenges
ZusammenfassungDieser Artikel biete eine Einführung in jüngere Debatten über Area Studies und ihren weniger bekannten „Cousin“ Vergleichende Area Studies. Obwohl aus politikwissenschaftlicherExpand