Corruption's Hidden Benefit
A high level of corruption in an oil-producing economy, oddly, can actually lessen the chances of armed conflict.
The source: “Buying Peace? Oil Wealth, Corruption, and Civil War, 1985–99” by Hanne Fjelde, in Journal of Peace Research, March 2009.
No peace researcher would be caught dead endorsing corruption, but Hanne Fjelde, a Ph.D. candidate at Uppsala University in Sweden, proposes a “more nuanced” view of the role of political payoffs in oil-rich countries. It has long been thought that oil wealth raises the...