Lessons from Strange Cases

  title={Lessons from Strange Cases},
  author={Ellis Goldberg and Erik Wibbels and Eric Mvukiyehe},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={477 - 514}
The work linking natural resource wealth to authoritarianism and under-development suffers from several shortcomings. In this article, the authors outline those shortcomings and address them in a new empirical setting. Using a new data set for the U.S. states spanning 73 years and case studies of Texas and Louisiana, the authors are able to more carefully examine both the diachronic nature and comparative legs of the resource curse hypothesis than previous research has. They provide evidence… Expand

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