Corruption, Natural Resources and Development: From Resource Curse to Political Ecology (Hardback)
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Corruption, Natural Resources and Development: From Resource Curse to Political Ecology (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 27/01/2017
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Corruption, Natural Resources and Development provides a fresh and extensive discussion of corruption issues in natural resources sectors. Reflecting on recent debates in corruption research and revisiting resource curse challenges in light of political ecology approaches, this volume provides a series of nuanced and policy-relevant case studies analysing patterns of corruption around natural resources and options to reach anti-corruption goals. Using corruption case studies across a wide spectrum of natural resource sectors from around the world, the expert contributions explore political ecology as a means of analysing resource curse challenges. The potential for new variations of the resource curse in the forest and urban land sectors and the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies in resource sectors are considered in depth. Corruption in oil, gas, mining, fisheries, biofuel, wildlife, forestry and urban land are all covered, and potential solutions discussed. This forward-thinking book is essential reading for students and academics in the fields of development studies, political ecology, corruption, development economics and international political economy. The evidence and policy solutions included will be of great appeal to policymakers and practitioners.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781785361197
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


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`This is an excellent book which challenges us to rethink the relationship between natural resources and corruption. It offers a wide range of rich and detailed cases - when combined they powerfully demonstrate how a political ecology approach can help us move beyond approaches to corruption which define it simply as "deviance". The result is a book which is of great value to academics and practitioners alike. If you want to understand how corruption shapes natural resources use and extraction, this is a must-read.' -- Rosaleen Duffy, The University of Sheffield, UK
`This fascinating and wide-ranging collection shows how politics and power interact to limit the social benefits of natural resource endowments. Stressing the context-dependent nature of rent seeking and corruption, the authors move beyond the simplistic "resource curse" literature to highlight the key role of self-seeking local elites and of aid programs that fail to cope with local political realities.' -- Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University, US
`Williams and Le Billon go from global cases to a unified vision, providing a rich and readable single volume cure for a long-standing intellectual disease. Moving beyond explanations that hold bad governance to be a "curse" of abundance, the thinkers and observers assembled here shed glaring light on widespread illicit cultures, politics, and streams of value that are all a part of natural resource management worldwide. To understand the political ecology of corruption, start here.' -- Paul Robbins, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US

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