The Political Economy of Oil Part Two of the Political Economy of Development Series

Lecture With: John Warner.

This lecture addresses the intricacies and intersections of oil, authoritarian rule, and regional/international relations in the Arabian Peninsula. The focus will be on the structures of oil economies and implications thereof.

Workshop With: John Warner, Bassam Haddad, and Matthew Scherer.

Join us for a workshop that follows Professor Warner's lecture.




  1. Ross, Michael, "What have we learned about the resource curse?." Annual Review of Political Science 18
  2. Jones, Toby, "America, Oil, and War in the Middle East"
  3. Hanieh, Adam, "Overcoming Methodological Nationalism"
  4. Buckley, Michelle, "Locating Neoliberalism in Dubai - Migrant Workers and Class Struggle"
  5. Okruhlik, Gwenn, "Rentier Wealth, Unruly Law, Rise of Opposition" (2015): 239-259.
  6. Mitchell, Timothy, "Carbon Democracy" Economy and Society Volume 38 Number 3 August 2009: 399---432 .


  1. Beblawi, "The Rentier State in the Arab World"
  2. Kanna, "A Politics of Non-Recognition"
  3. Wenar, Leif. Blood oil: Tyrants, violence, and the rules that run the world. Oxford University Press, 2015.

About this Project:

The Political Economy of Development Series is sponsored by George Mason University's Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics ( and The Political Economy Project . The series aims to place students in conversation with scholars at the cutting edge of research on questions of profound contemporary significance.