Resource Wealth and Political Decentralization in Latin America
- Moises ArceMoises ArceDepartment of Political Science, Tulane University
- and Michael HendricksMichael HendricksDepartment of Politics and Government, Illinois State University
Existing literature has emphasized economic conditions as central to protests over resource extraction. However, it is also necessary to examine the political conditions that make some regions or provinces more prone to protest. These political conditions are tied to electoral and partisan dynamics and draw attention to the political context or environment in which protests emerge. Focusing on electoral and partisan dynamics can help explain the variation of protest across geography and time, and in particular, why similar resource-abundant provinces within the same country experience different levels of protest.