Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared (Cambridge Middle East Studies)

Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared (Cambridge Middle East Studies) by Miriam R. Lowi 1107402964 9781107402966
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How can we make sense of Algerias 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 Algerias 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.

Author: Miriam R. Lowi

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 252

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2011-05-12

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