Do Natural Resources Influence Who Comes to Power, and How?

  title={Do Natural Resources Influence Who Comes to Power, and How?},
  author={Maria Carreri and Oeindrila Dube},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={502 - 518}
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