Do Resource-Wealthy Rulers Adopt Transparency-Promoting Laws? An Empirical Analysis

  title={Do Resource-Wealthy Rulers Adopt Transparency-Promoting Laws? An Empirical Analysis},
  author={Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati and Indra de Soysa},
  journal={Empirical Studies eJournal},
Some argue that the right kinds of institutions mitigate, or even prevent, the development of “natural resource curses.” Rulers with access to resource wealth, however, are unlikely to adopt such institutions, because doing so would undermine their discretionary power. We examine this proposition by testing whether countries with access to natural resource wealth prove less likely to adopt transparency-promoting Freedom of Information (FOI) laws. Using panel data on 139 countries between 1980… 
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