Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oil and the Eruption of the Algerian Civil War

January 2010

A Context-sensitive Analysis of the Ambivalent Impact of Resource Abundance

This publication applies the concepts of the resource curse and the rentier state to the outbreak of violent conflict in Algeria in the 1990s, before adopting a context-sensitive approach. The author analyzes the causal mechanisms suggested by the theories as leading to violence, highlighting the impact of resource dependence and various non-resource-specific contextual conditions as especially relevant to the evolution of the conflict. These non-resource conditions include political ideology, socioeconomic factors and the quality of political institutions.

© 2010 Miriam Shabafrouz



Miriam Shabafrouz


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