Mineral Economics

, Volume 31, Issue 1–2, pp 7–11 | Cite as

Mineral rents and social orders: when Radetzki meets Douglass North

  • Olivier Bomsel
Original Paper


The “social orders” conceptual framework published in 2009 by Douglass North, John Joseph Wallis, and Barry Weingast allows a new reading of the political economy of rents in mineral-exporting countries. The paper explores how some findings of mineral economics research from the 1980s and 1990s can be reassessed within this framework.


Mineral rents Mineral exporting countries Institutional economics Political economy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MINES ParisTech, PSL Research University, CERNA—Centre for industrial economics, i3, CNRSParisFrance

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