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Algeria ModernFrom Opacity to Complexity$
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Luis Martinez and Rasmus Alenius Boserup

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190491536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491536.001.0001

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Identity and Hydrocarbons in Algeria

Identity and Hydrocarbons in Algeria

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(p.27) 2 Identity and Hydrocarbons in Algeria
Source:
Algeria Modern
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Samia Boucetta

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491536.003.0003

This chapter examines the social mechanisms that contribute to the construction of representations guiding public action in Algeria, which continue to place the hydrocarbons sector at the heart of economic and social development. This leads to excessive state interventionism, the chapter argues. By delving into the concept of rentier states and “resource curses”, the chapter seeks to explain the inner workings of the patronage networks and interrelationships between dominant actors defending their interests, seeking to uphold the status quo in Algeria’s political and economic spheres. The chapter argues that the economic policies of Abdelaziz Bouteflika reflect an inability to reshape Algeria’s economic foundations, defined by an urge to maintain an essentialist reading of Algerian state identity and the energy sector forming the basis for the entire social structure.

Keywords:   Rentier state, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Hydrocarbons, Resource curse, State interventionism, Energy sector, Social structure

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