Ahmet T. Kuru Quotes

A state becomes “rentier” if oil, gas, and mineral rents constitute over 40 percent of its revenues…. This maintains the rulers.

 
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If a state has substantial natural resources, the rulers and their close supporters can generate enough revenue for themselves without worrying about the industrialization of the nation, education, economic development which requires the health and education of the population. As a result, while “rentier” states seem rich, they very rarely improve the quality of life of most of their citizens.

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