State Governance of Mining, Development and Sustainability
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State Governance of Mining, Development and Sustainability

Tracy-Lynn Field

States in mineral-rich jurisdictions must promote mining as a development industry just as they must protect people and environment from the worst excesses of extractivism. State Governance of Mining, Development and Sustainability explores how the State’s role in facilitating a developmental and sustainable mining industry has been defined. In doing so, this astute book considers the impact of the policies and laws of mineral-rich States themselves, multilateral international governance institutions, industry associations, and environmental justice advocates in the areas of property relations, mineral taxation, environmental management and mine closure.
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Chapter 8: Conclusion: towards postextractivism

Tracy-Lynn Field


The final chapter elaborates on the ‘great undoing’, a summary of the book’s insights on the double movement in mineral extraction; and the ‘great reimagining’, possible reimagined futures for mineral extraction and the governance systems that drive the production of mineral commodities. The latter situates postextractivism within the broader framing of transition discourses and explores the normative and technical implications of adopting a postextractivist frame with reference to the relationship between the human and nonhuman spheres, human relationships, economic growth and development, and the role of the State.

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