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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Professor Thom Brooks

Brooks, Thom (2013). The Resource Curse and the Separation of Powers. Ethics & International Affairs

Author(s) from Durham


The problem of the “resource curse” is well documented. Countries rich in natural resources such as oil or gems are often “cursed” by corrupt authoritarian regimes and are at higher risk of internal conflict. The curse is a major hurdle for securing global justice. Recent work by Thomas Pogge and Leif Wenar has helped revolutionize how it is understood. Both argue that importing countries have a vital role to play in addressing the problem. I agree, but would add one important consideration they overlook: the need for constitutional reform of exporting states.