Libya Since Independence: Oil and State Building

Libya Since Independence: Oil and State Building

By: Dirk Vanderwalle (author)Paperback

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During its tumultuous history and throughout the growth of its oil economy, Libya has failed to develop state institutions, its rulers simply ignoring notions of modern statehood. Based on archival research in Tripoli, fieldwork around Libya, and interviews with the country's leaders, this detailed analysis of its political and economic development since independence in 1951 sets out to show how the very capital inflows from oil, intended to finance the building of a modern state, have in fact worked to impede modernization and state building.


List of acronyms; preface; note on transliteration; chronology, 1951 1996. Part 1 Introduction and theory: issues and framework - situating the debate, the Libyan monarchy and Jamahiriyya, overview; the distributive state - state formation - revenues and institutions, state-building in distributive states, politics and development in distributive states, distributive states - oil and history, state strength, autonomy, and social setting. Part 2 Libya since independence: shadow of the past - the Sanusi Kingdom - the Sanusi Kingdom and the colonial legacy, Libya's first oil boom - state-building and institutions, conclusion; from kingdom to republic - the Qadhafi coup - political consolidation and mobilization, the popular revolution and the pursuit of legitimacy, from concession to participation - oil and development, conclusion; Thawra and Tharwa -Libya's boom-and-bust decade - technocrats versus revolutionaries -transition toward a Jamahiriyya, the Green Book - popular rule, postponing reform - the last great spender of petrodollars, postponing reform confrontation abroad, mobilization at home, the politics of evocation - myths, symbols, and charisma, emerging problems of control, oil and state-building during Libya's revolutionary decade, conclusion; shadow of the future - Libya's failed Infitah -"revolution within the revolution", Libya's Infitah, markets, institutions, and economic reform, growth and development, conclusion. Part 3 Conclusion: oil and state-building in distributive states - the Libyan contribution - state-building, institutions, and rent-seeking in distributive states, the power of the distributive state, power or wealth - politics in distributive states, state-building in the Jamahiriyya - observation on the future oil, state-building, and politics.

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  • ISBN13: 9781860642647
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781860642647
  • ISBN10: 1860642640

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