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Oil and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea

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ISBN-10: 0231700296

ISBN-13: 9780231700290

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

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The Gulf of Guinea, on Africa's Atlantic coast, supplies fifteen per cent of America's oil and has recently experienced an immense inflow of investment. But why are American, European, and Asian oil companies enthusiastically committing tens of billions of dollars of long-term investment to the Gulf of Guinea's failing states, which are characterized by ruthless elites, recurrent warfare, and some of the world's most detrimental development practices? The answer is the Gulf's large petroleum reserves, which allow the elites of Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria to reap the benefits of international investment and expertise regardless of their behavior. Their macabre partnership with…    
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

james mayall is emeritus Sir Patrick Sheehy professor of International Relations and fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is university lecturer in Comparative Politics, University of Oxford, fellow of St. Peter´s College, University of Oxford, and fellow of the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin.

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Petroleum and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea: an Introduction
Petroleum and the Successful Failed State in the Gulf of Guinea
The Idea of the State and its "Crisis" in the Developing World
The Petro-State
The African Postcolonial State
The Successful Failed State in the Gulf of Guinea
The Governance of the Oil State
Governing the Boom-Era State
Governing Decline and "Privatization"
Governing Space and Violence
The Petroleum Elites
Elites, Patronage and Leadership
Kleptocracy and Reform
Oil Companies and the State in the Gulf of Guinea: a History
The Private Sector and the Colonial State
Post-Independence Turmoil
National Assertiveness and the Boom Years
Opportunity and Uncertainty in the Oil Frontier
Technical Breakthroughs and the Investment Calculus
"Making it Big" in the New Oil Provinces
Past Practices and Present Woes
Locked in: the Gulf of Guinea, Oil and the International System
The World and the Culf of Guinea: Progressive versus Realpolitik Agendas
The Gulf of Guinea and the World: Dependence, Opportunity, Limits