Namini: Oil and the Political Economy of State Capitalism in the West – Asian Producer Countries


Historically, the role of State in the economic sectors is relevant as a source of growth, and then the on-going debate over the increasing role of State in the economy has roots in theory. Recently there emerged an antagonism between the State and Markets given the fact that in the political economy of No liberal framework States make use of Markets for political gains while Markets tries to accumulate at the cost of well-being. The frequenting financial crisis, reducing supply of natural resources and the inability of Markets to arbitrate demand and supplies envisage a greater role for the States. The failure of private oil companies to balance between the national interests and profits lead to the nationalization of oil resources. Further the politicization of oil resources led to nationalization of oil companies in much of the west-Asian producer countries. Simultaneously the recipient nations of oil too found it imperative to establish public sector oil companies to meet the strategic requirements as well as to stabilize domestic markets. Market imperfections and the scope of differential and scarcity rent make it risky for States to leave oil resources to Markets. Oil therefore becomes the most powerful source of State Capitalism (SC) for its potential spill over into other resource based sectors in an expansionary framework. The dominating State role in the economy however is expected to face growth constrains in the long run.

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