The Violence of Petro-Dollar Regimes: Algeria, Iraq, Libya (Hardback)
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The Violence of Petro-Dollar Regimes: Algeria, Iraq, Libya (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 01/10/2012
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During the 1970s, owing to their oil 'rents', Algeria, Iraq and Libya all seemed engaged in a swift modernization process. Oil was the godsend that would enable these states to catch up economically. Algeria was a Mediterranean dragon,A" Libya an emirateA" and Iraq the rising military powerA" of the Arab world. From a political perspective, progressive socialism suggested that profound changes were underway: women's liberation, urbanization, education for all, longer life expectancy and so on. A few decades later, the disillusion is a cruel one. The sense of wealth led these countries to undertake political, economic and military experiments that would lead to impasses with disastrous consequences that they are still trying to overcome. How did it all happen? Can these countries dispense with far-reaching reforms? Can the EU export its norms and values and protect its gas supply? The present work offers the first global approach to the subject.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849041744
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Martinez offers fresh insight and analysis on the issue of the 'resource curse' and its impact on economic development.' * Choice *
'A compact, readable analysis, full of insight, of three Arab states seldom examined as a whole. Highly accessible, his book is of value to specialists, graduate students and undergraduates alike. The CERI Comparative Politics and International Studies Series, which supports translations of noteworthy social science works emanating from French researchers at Sciences Po, is also to be congratulated for bringing this book to an English-speaking audience.' * International Affairs *
'A cogent, intelligent analysis of the perils and pitfalls of hydrocarbon wealth in these troubled states, adding much fuel to the "oil curse" debate and examining the structures that are seemingly its result.' * Christopher Davidson, author of After the Sheikhs: the Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies *
'Martinez has produced a compact, readable analysis, full of insight, of three Arab states seldom examined as a whole. Highly accessible, his book is of value to specialists, graduate students and undergraduates alike. The CERI Comparative Politics and International Studies Series is to be congratulated for bringing this book to an English-speaking audience.' * Ronald Bruce St John, International Affairs *
'Luis Martinez has produced yet another fascinating and thought provoking book on political dilemmas in the Middle East. His analysis of how oil-rich authoritarian regimes can survive socio-economic and political crisis by turning the national rent into a personal asset sheds some new light on the future of authoritarianism in the region. That the key to regime longevity in Algeria, Libya and Iraq should be selective economic mismanagement is an argument that Martinez makes with great authority. This work undoubtedly provides anyone interested in political change in the Middle East with a brilliant new perspective on the challenges for democratic reform in the region.' * Frederic Volpi, Director, Institute of Middle East and Central Asia Studies, University of St Andrews, and author of Political Islam Observed *
'Amid the uncertainty and upheaval unleashed by the events that have come to be described as the Arab Spring, it is important not to lose sight of the structures underlying the economic, political and social failures that have led to these events and continue to threaten the sustainability of many states in the MENA region. Martinez's book provides a refreshing analysis of the debilitating role that hydrocarbon rent has played in three major MENA oil and gas producing countries that have in the past twenty years gone through different forms and phases of instability. By grouping Algeria, Libya and Iraq together, his study draws useful contrasts for understanding the nuances of political violence, authoritarianism and failed state building - all key features of the transition currently underway in the region.' * Dr Hakim Darbouche, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. *

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