The Politics of Commodity Dependence: Oil, Mining, and Drug Trade in Latin America

Coordinator: Barbara Hogenboom/Javier Corrales

This course focuses on the politics and political economy of resource dependence in Latin America. What are the types of curses that emerge from depending on oil, minerals, and drugs? The idea of a resource curse refers to the neo-structuralist notion that an abundance of natural resources is detrimental for development--it distorts economic incentives and politics (by incentivizing corruption, raising the stakes of power-holding, increasing the chance for abuse of state power, weakening society’s capacity to hold the state accountable, and increasing the probability of civil strife). In the case of drugs, some scholars argue that they constitute the biggest threat to democracy in the region. We will review these claims, and potential solutions. We will make comparisons across countries within Latin America and, to some extent, the Middle East and Africa.




Registration and Participation

UvA Students

Students registered at the University of Amsterdam can register for the CEDLA courses through SIS.

Students registered at other Dutch universities
BA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register as a guest student Spanish Language and Culture (‘bijvakstudent Spaanse Taal en Cultuur’) at the University of Amsterdam in Studielink.

MA students that are registered at another Dutch university can register through our digital registration form.

Non-students
Persons who are interested in our courses, but are not registered as students at a university, may participate in some courses under certain provisions. Those interested, should provide the secretariat with some information on their background, their background knowledge and their special interest in taking the course. Non-students can register for the courses through our digital registration form

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CEDLA secretariat. We are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.

Telephone: +31 20 525 3498
Email: secretariat@cedla.nl


Picture: Santiago Stucchi Portocarrero (CC BY 2.0)