Is There a Resource Curse for Private Liberties

  title={Is There a Resource Curse for Private Liberties},
  author={Simon Wigley},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
  • S. Wigley
  • Published 2018
  • Economics
  • International Studies Quarterly
Scholarship on the political resource curse overwhelmingly focuses on whether oil wealth hinders the transition to democracy. In this note, I examine whether oil wealth negatively affects the private rights of the individual. I argue that petroleum-rich governments are subject to less pressure to protect freedom of movement, freedom of religion, the right to property, and freedom from forced labor. In addition, they can use the windfall at their disposal to finance the enforcement of laws that… Expand

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