Oil, democracy, and development in Africa

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles - no Open Select
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Journal Article
Citation:
Review of African Political Economy, 2015, 42 (146), pp. 681 - 682
Issue Date:
2015-10-02
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Temporal analysis is often missing in the discourse on the ‘resource curse’, but in Oil, democracy, and development in Africa, the American political scientist J. R. Heilbrunn applies it to oil production and export in Africa. The book argues that the effects of oil in Africa are dependent on (a) the nature of institutions at the time of the discovery; (b) the phase of oil production and whether the exporting country is emerging, mature, or declining; and (c) colonial legacy, how it moulds the nature of the institutions in Africa, and how such institutions experience oil. So, according to Heilbrunn, the ‘resource curse’ analysis does not apply in Africa.
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