petro-dictatorship

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

petro- +‎ dictatorship

Noun[edit]

petro-dictatorship (plural petro-dictatorships)

  1. 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

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