Resource Curse or Rentier Peace? The Ambiguous Effects of Oil Wealth and Oil Dependence on Violent Conflict

  title={Resource Curse or Rentier Peace? The Ambiguous Effects of Oil Wealth and Oil Dependence on Violent Conflict},
  author={Matthias Basedau and Jann Lay},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={757 - 776}
  • M. Basedau, J. Lay
  • Published 23 September 2009
  • Political Science, Economics
  • Journal of Peace Research
The ‘resource curse’ hypothesis claims that abundance in natural resources, particularly oil, encourages especially civil war. Natural resources provide both motive and opportunity for conflict and create indirect institutional and economic causes of instability. Contrarily, the theory of the rentier state — largely neglected in the study of peace and war in this respect — suggests that regimes use revenue from abundant resources to buy off peace through patronage, large-scale distributive… 

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