12. Patrimonial states and military regimes

  • Classical patrimonial states and neopatrimonialism.
  • Kleptocracies. Mbuto’s Zaire, Central African Republic, Gabon.
  • The oil curse. Why are people in Nigeria and Venezuela so poor?
  • Narco-states. Mexico and Venezuela as examples.
  • Military regimes. “The military has always ruled Egypt.”

Required readings:

  • Pitcher, Anne, Mary H. Moran, and Michael Johnston. “Rethinking Patrimonialism and Neopatrimonialism in Africa.” African Studies Review 52, no. 1 (April 2009): 125–56.
  • Hirschfeld, Katherine. Gangster States : Organized Crime, Kleptocracy and Political Collapse. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • Ross, Michael L. The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations. Princeton University Press, 2012.
  • Chouvy, Pierre-Arnaud. “The Myth of the Narco-State.” Space and Polity 20, no. 1 (January 2, 2016): 26–38.

Additional readings:

  • Dawisha, Karen. Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? Simon & Schuster, 2014.