Oil and Democracy: Endogenous Natural Resources and the Political “Resource Curse”

  title={Oil and Democracy: Endogenous Natural Resources and the Political “Resource Curse”},
  author={Sarah M. Brooks and Marcus J. Kurtz},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={279 - 311}
Abstract By the end of the twentieth century, a scholarly consensus emerged around the idea that oil fuels authoritarianism and slow growth. The natural abundance once thought to be a blessing was unconditionally, and then later only conditionally, a curse for political and economic development. We re-examine the relationship between oil wealth and political regimes, challenging the conventional wisdom that such natural resource rents lead to authoritarian outcomes. We contend that most efforts… 

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