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Journal Article

No Representation without Taxation? Rents, Development, and Democracy

Michael Herb
Comparative Politics
Vol. 37, No. 3 (Apr., 2005), pp. 297-316
DOI: 10.2307/20072891
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20072891
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

It is widely thought that oil and democracy do not mix. Rentier states need not tax their citizens, thus breaking a crucial link between citizens and their governments and dimming the prospects for democracy. The link between rentierism and democracy is examined using a cross-regional dataset. Particular attention is paid to the possibility that there are both positive and negative effects of rentierism on democracy. Consistent support is not found for the notion that there is a net negative effect of rentierism on the prospects that a country will be democratic. Instead, democracy scores in the surrounding region are strongly correlated with a country's own democracy score.

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