Oil income and the personalization of autocratic politics

  title={Oil income and the personalization of autocratic politics},
  author={Matthew D. Fails},
  journal={Political Science Research and Methods},
  pages={772 - 779}
  • Matthew D. Fails
  • Published 23 April 2019
  • Economics
  • Political Science Research and Methods
Abstract Personalist regimes are more reliant on natural resource rents than other models of autocracy, but the direction of causation is unclear. Resource wealth could finance patronage and allow leaders to skip construction of institutionalized systems of rule, leading to more personalized autocracies. Conversely, personalist leaders may increase resource extraction, since diversifying the economy could increase the power of rivals. I use data on the degree of personalism and level of oil… 
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