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mothius2315 karma

Hello prof. I'm a huge fan of Why Nations Fail and I'm looking forward to reading your new book.

My question relates to extractive resources. Almost universally, the countries with vast oil and gas resources are less democratic, more violent, and more corrupt. What are the best ways for a country to handle its extractive resources without falling into the common traps?

My second is related to countries like China and Vietnam. I know you've argued that even though the top governmental positions aren't inclusive, the rest of the government is. Do you think as these countries get more wealthy, they'll become more democratic over time? Isn't China taking too long?