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Oiling the Rigs of State-building: A Political Settlements Analysis of Petroleum Revenue Management in Timor-Leste

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Authors
Dahlia Simangan; Srinjoy Bose
Issue Date
2021-05
Publisher
The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol.9 No.1, pp. 67-89
Keywords
Timor-Lestepolitical settlementsstate-buildingelitesclientelismpetroleum
Abstract
Timor-Lestes extractive industry became economically and politically important during the post-conflict transition period. The government established the Petroleum Fund in 2005 to protect the economy from a resource curse. However, the management of the Fund has since become a source of controversy as it created opportunities for corruption and unsustainable spending practices. We argue in this article that political dynamics, in addition to if not more than weak institutions, engendered corruption, clientelist rule, and economic disenfranchisement in postconflict Timor-Leste. Using the Political Settlements approach as an analytical framework, we demonstrate that patronage, rivalry, and rent seeking in the manage ment of petroleum revenues are associated with economic and political challenges in Timor-Lestes state-building process.
ISSN
2288-2693 (print)
2288-2707 (online)
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/174594
DOI
https://doi.org/10.18588/202105.00a177
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