Prof. Waldner's New Book Published by Cambridge University Press

May 10, 2021
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Associate Professor David Waldner's new book, coauthored with University of Florida's Benjamin Smith, was published last month by Cambridge University Press. The book, Rethinking the Resource Curse, "documents the diversity and dissensus of scholarship on the political resource curse, diagnoses its sources, and directs scholarly attention towards what the authors believe will be more fruitful avenues of future research. In the scholarship to date, there is substantial regional heterogeneity and substantial evidence denying the existence of a political resource curse. This dissensus is located in theory, measure, and research design, especially regarding measurement error and endogenous selection. The work then turns to strategies for reconnecting research on resource politics to the broader literature on democratic development. Finally, the results of the authors' own research is presented, showing that a set of historically contingent events in the Middle East and North Africa are at the root of what has been mistaken for a global political resource curse."

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