Resource Wealth and Political Regimes in Africa

  title={Resource Wealth and Political Regimes in Africa},
  author={Nathan M. Jensen and L{\'e}onard Wantchekon},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={816 - 841}
Political economists point to the levels of economic development, poverty, and income inequality as the most important determinants of political regimes. The authors present empirical evidence suggesting a robust and negative correlation between the presence of a sizable natural resource sector and the level of democracy in Africa. They argue that resource abundance not only is an important determinant of democratic transition but also partially determines the success of democratic… Expand

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