Beyond the Resource Curse

9780812244007: Hardback
Release Date: 30th January 2012

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 512

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Beyond the Resource Curse

Beyond the Resource Curse focuses on the paradoxical relationship between natural wealth and economic security and examines the particular pitfalls and consistent problems facing oil and gas exporting states and contributes to a better comprehension of the perils of oil and gas export.

Hardback / £58.00

When countries discover that they possess large deposits of oil and natural gas, the news is usually welcome. Yet, paradoxically, if they rely on their wealth of natural resources, they often set down a path of poor economic performance and governance challenges. Only a few resource-rich countries have managed to develop their economies fully and provide a better and sustainable standard of living for large segments of their populations. This phenomenon, known as the resource curse, is a core challenge for energy-exporting states. Beyond the Resource Curse focuses on this relationship between natural wealth and economic security, discussing the particular pitfalls and consistent perils facing oil- and gas-exporting states.

The contributors to this volume look beyond the standard fields of research related to the resource curse. They also shed new light on the specific developmental problems of resource-rich exporting states around the globe, including Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cambodia, East Timor, Iran, Norway, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

Policy makers and academics think of energy security solely in terms of the interests of energy importers. Beyond the Resource Curse shows that the constant volatility in energy markets creates energy security challenges for exporters as well.

—Brenda Shaffer


1. The Natural Resource Curse: A Survey
—Jeffrey Frankel

2. Sometimes the Grass Is Indeed Greener: The Successful Use of Energy Revenues
—Patrick Clawson

3. Is There a Policy Learning Curve? Trinidad and Tobago and the 2004- 8 Hydrocarbon Boom
—Richard M. Auty

4. The Illusion of Unlimited Supply: Iran and Energy Subsidies
—Ahmad Mojtahed

5. Challenges Facing Central Banks in Oil- Exporting Countries: The Case of Azerbaijan
—Elkin Nurmammadov

6. Power to the Producers: The Challenges of Electricity Provision in Major Energy-Exporting States
—Theresa Sabonis-Helf


7. The Impact of Energy Resources on Nation- and State- Building: The Contrasting Cases of Azerbaijan and Georgia
—Murad Ismayilov

8. Education Reform in Energy- Exporting States: The Post- Soviet Experience in Comparative Perspective
—Regine A. Spector

9. Is Norway Really Norway?
—Ole Andreas Engen, Oluf Langhelle, and Reidar Bratvold


10. Energy Exporters and the International Energy Agency
—Richard Jones

11. Resource Nationalism and Oil Development: Profit or Peril?
—Amy M. Jaffe

12. Natural Resources, Domestic Instability, and International Conflicts
—Elnur Soltanov

13. Petroleum, Governance, and Fragility: The Micro-Politics of Petroleum in Postconflict States
—Naazneen H. Barma

Conclusion: Constant Perils, Policy Responses, and Lessons to Be Learned
—Taleh Ziyadov


Brenda Shaffer is Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa. She is the author of many books, including Energy Politics, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Taleh Ziyadov is Research Fellow at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

"Beyond the Resource Curse foursquarely addresses the question of what resources can do—or not do—for a country. The novelty of the data—the contributors treat a broad array of cases that are seldom thought about—along with the freshness of the analysis and the eclectic mix of topics and countries discussed, makes this a truly refreshing volume."—Svante Cornell, Johns Hopkins University