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Iraq: Private ownership of oil and the quest for democracy


  • Razzak, Weshah


I argue that state-ownership and state-management of oil on behalf of the Iraqi people is not conducive to democracy and inconsistent with the principles of free market. I also argue that it can adversely affect economic development and might further impoverish the average Iraqi citizen. To resolve the problems, this note proposes a change to the “political” rules; i.e., change the Iraqi constitution, and provides an economic strategy to transfer oil wealth to the Iraqi people.

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  • Razzak, Weshah, 2006. "Iraq: Private ownership of oil and the quest for democracy," MPRA Paper 54, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:54

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    Oil; private ownership; development;

    JEL classification:

    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development
    • P14 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Property Rights
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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