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State Building in Boom Times: Commodities and Coalitions in Latin America and Africa

Ryan Saylor


This book argues that commodity booms and coalitional politics are central to understanding the state building variation within and across Latin America and Africa. It shows how resource booms can trigger the provision of new public goods and institutional strengthening and thus help countries expand their state capacity. But these possibilities hinge on coalitional politics, as seen through six cases. Countries ruled by export-oriented coalitions (Argentina, Chile, and Mauritius) expanded their state capacity as a direct result of commodity booms. But countries in which exporters were politic ... More

Keywords: coalitions, commodity booms, institutions, public goods, resource curse, state building, state capacity, state formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199364954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Saylor, author
University of Tulsa