Chapter 9: Oil and gas and public perception
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Turning to the second overarching logic, this chapter examines what is often described as the most significant factor for the resolution of a maritime boundary dispute, at least historically: the presence of oil and gas resources. This has often figured as the primary argument for why states seek settlement of boundary disputes at sea. However, it is not always clear how the presence of hydrocarbons influences the willingness of states to make concessions or not. Sometimes the presence of fixed shelf resources can instead cause dispute, even conflict between parties. We thus need to add another dimension to further nuance this factor, namely the role of the domestic audience and public perception. This chapter explores these mechanisms further.

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