PG 383

The Politics of Natural Resources

What are the political and economic implications of natural resource endowments? Why is international cooperation on natural resource governance and, especially, climate change so difficult? This course addresses these and other pressing questions through a broad overview of the politics of natural resources. The course begins by examining how oil and other minerals influence political and economic development, and why mineral rich countries appear more likely to engage in war and conflict. It then focuses on other resources, namely water, forests, and clean air, and evaluates the role that governments and international cooperation play in ensuring access to them. The course culminates in a section on politics of climate change at the local and international level. This course is appropriate for students who want to explore politics and governance of natural resources in an analytical and systematic manner.