How Does Oil Help Determine the Democratic Nature of a State? (Worksheet)

Oil well in Bahrain. CREDIT: Ryan Lackey. (CC)

Instead of getting revenues from taxes, nations with vast oil resources can subsitute profits and rent from their oil wells. How does this effect government size and accountability? Michael L. Ross explains in the excerpt found on the top right sidebar from his 2012 talk on his book, The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations.

This activity works well in a comparative government class.