Description - Crude Democracy by Thad Dunning
This book challenges the conventional wisdom that natural resource wealth promotes autocracy. Oil and other forms of mineral wealth can promote both authoritarianism and democracy, the book argues, but they do so through different mechanisms; an understanding of these different mechanisms can help elucidate when either the authoritarian or democratic effects of resource wealth will be relatively strong. Exploiting game-theoretic tools and statistical modeling as well as detailed country case studies and drawing on fieldwork in Latin America and Africa, this book builds and tests a theory that explains political variation across resource-rich states. It will be read by scholars studying the political effects of natural resource wealth in many regions, as well as by those interested in the emergence and persistence of democratic regimes.
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(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Cambridge University Press
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Author Biography - Thad Dunning
Thad Dunning is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a Research Fellow at Yale's Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Dunning's previous work has appeared in International Organization, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Analysis, Studies in Comparative International Development, and other journals. His research interests lie in comparative politics, political economy, and international relations.