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State Building in Boom TimesCommodities and Coalitions in Latin America and Africa$
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Ryan Saylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199364954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364954.001.0001

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Conclusion and Implications

Conclusion and Implications

(p.200) Chapter 9 Conclusion and Implications
State Building in Boom Times

Ryan Saylor

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews how commodity booms and coalitional politics produced marked state building divergence among six Latin American and African countries. Coalitional politics determined whether natural resource wealth was a blessing or curse. This finding recasts the conventional wisdom on the “resource curse,” which views certain types of commodities as inherently perilous. This book indicates that, even in the context of weak institutions, certain types of political coalitions can help countries avert the pitfalls associated with resource wealth and instead harness it for developmental gains. Coalition building strategies, not commodity type, may be why a resource “curse” takes hold in some countries but not others. The book concludes by describing how these findings have practical implications for the management of natural resource wealth in the developing world.

Keywords:   coalitions, commodity booms, resource curse, natural resource wealth management, state building

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