From Resource Curse to Political Ecology
Edited by Aled Williams and Philippe Le Billon
Chapter 2: Zero-tolerance to corruption? Norway’s role in petroleum-related corruption internationally
The resource curse literature frequently mentions Norway as a rare case of successful governance among oil exporters. Three major prosecuted cases involving bribery of foreign public officials show that international pressure and conventions, as well as a proactive approach among domestic law enforcement, is forcing Norwegian firms to adapt to a new anti-corruption regime. While firms continue to meet extortionate demands for illegal payments, bribery has become far riskier and managers know they can face personal liability. Ongoing evaluation of Norway’s anti-corruption commitments should expand to include an assessment of its foreign policy objectives. Keywords: Norway, petroleum exports, foreign bribery, corruption, law enforcement, illegal payments
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