Local Politics and the Resource Curse: Natural Resources, Interest Heterogeneity and Protest in Bolivia

Anaïd Flesken, Annegret Kuhn*

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Abstract

Studies of public contentious action in response to mineral resource extraction have rarely employed quantitative methods. In a highly disaggregated statistical analysis we examine local protest dynamics in Bolivia and argue for a political conditioning of the so-called resource curse. We find that mineral gas resources spark disputes over both extraction and rent redistribution at the local level, and that this relationship is especially pronounced where the population has highly heterogenous political values and interests. In contrast, where the population is relatively united in their political views, significantly fewer protests occur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-403
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Journal of Political Science
Volume52
Issue number2
Early online date26 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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