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Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics
Algeria Compared

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  • Date Published: June 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511687181

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  • How can we make sense of Algeria's post-colonial experience - the tragedy of unfulfilled expectations, the descent into violence, the resurgence of the state? Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics explains why Algeria's domestic political economy unravelled from the mid-1980s, and how the regime eventually managed to regain power and hegemony. Miriam Lowi argues the importance of leadership decisions for political outcomes, and extends the argument to explain the variation in stability in oil-exporting states following economic shocks. Comparing Algeria with Iran, Iraq, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, she asks why some states break down and undergo regime change, while others remain stable, or manage to re-stabilise after a period of instability. In contrast with exclusively structuralist accounts of the rentier state, this book demonstrates, in a fascinating and accessible study, that political stability is a function of the way in which structure and agency combine.

    • Presents complex ideas in a clear and accessible way
    • Draws comparisons from five different states, exploring the differences and similarities within these varying contexts
    • Provides an in-depth case study of Algeria, creating a thorough account to allow the reader a deeper understanding of the particular issues
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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511687181
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Oil shocks and the challenge to states
    2. Natural resources and political instability
    Part II. Algeria and its Discontents:
    3. From conquest to independence
    4. The elaboration of a system
    5. From boom to bust, and … verging on breakdown
    6. The persistence of violence and the process of re-equilibration
    Part III. Comparisons and Conclusions:
    7. Variations on a theme: comparators in the Muslim world
    8. Oil wealth and the poverty of politics
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Miriam R. Lowi, The College of New Jersey

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