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petro-dictatorship (plural petro-dictatorships)
- A dictatorship funded by petroleum exports.
1997, Peter Rutland, Lost Opportunities: Energy and Politics in Russia:
- The development of energy resources in an otherwise underdeveloped economy […] is often accompanied by the rise of corrupt, authoritarian regimes (Witness the petro-dictatorships of Nigeria, Libya […] )
2009, Thomas J. Courchene, The Obama Opportunity: Agent of Change in a Time of Crisis:
- Internationally, what is already the world's most indebted nation is overextended on the military front, highly dependent on OPEC oil and increasingly beholden to sovereign wealth funds run by petro-dictatorships or authoritarian regimes