Lessons from strange cases: Democracy, development, and the resource curse in the U.S. States


Journal Article

The work linking natural resource wealth to authoritarianism and under-development suffers from several shortcomings. In this article, the authors outline those shortcomings and address them in a new empirical setting. Using a new data set for the U.S. states spanning 73 years and case studies of Texas and Louisiana, the authors are able to more carefully examine both the diachronic nature and comparative legs of the resource curse hypothesis than previous research has. They provide evidence that natural resource dependence contributes to slower economic growth, poorer developmental performance, and less competitive politics. Using this empirical setting, they also begin parsing the mechanisms that might explain the negative association between resource wealth and political and economic development. They draw implications from intranational findings for resource abundant countries across the world and suggest directions for future cross-national and cross-state work. © 2008 Sage Publications.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goldberg, E; Wibbels, E; Mvukiyehe, E

Published Date

  • April 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 4-5

Start / End Page

  • 477 - 514

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3829

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-4140

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0010414007313123

Citation Source

  • Scopus