Oil, Autocratic Survival, and the Gendered Resource Curse: When Inefficient Policy Is Politically Expedient

  title={Oil, Autocratic Survival, and the Gendered Resource Curse: When Inefficient Policy Is Politically Expedient},
  author={Yu-Ming Liou and Paul Musgrave},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
Economic development generally promotes women’s autonomy. Yet women in resource-rich autocracies fare more poorly than women in similarly wealthy industrial and postindustrial states. Some attribute this puzzling outcome to cultural causes, describing the apparent link between restrictions on women’s autonomy in resource-rich countries (especially in the Middle East) as spurious. Others argue that oil and gas rents cause a gendered resource curse through macroeconomic mechanisms. By contrast… Expand
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