Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival

  title={Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival},
  author={Joseph G Wright and Erica Frantz and Barbara Geddes},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
This article uncovers a new mechanism linking oil wealth to autocratic regime survival: the investigation tests whether increases in oil wealth improve the survival of autocracies by lowering the chances of democratization, reducing the risk of transition to subsequent dictatorship, or both. Using a new measure of autocratic durability shows that, once models allow for unit effects, oil wealth promotes autocratic survival by lowering the risk of ouster by rival autocratic groups. Evidence also… 

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