Corruption, Natural Resources and Development
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Corruption, Natural Resources and Development

From Resource Curse to Political Ecology

Edited by Aled Williams and Philippe Le Billon

This book 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 analyzing patterns of corruption around natural resources and options to reach anti-corruption goals. 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.
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Chapter 3: Governance challenges in Tanzania’s natural gas sector: unregulated lobbyism and uncoordinated policy

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Jesper Johnsøn


Resource discoveries often result in expectations of rapid growth, but also major concerns for increasing corruption. In the context of Tanzania's recent offshore gas field discoveries, uncoordinated public policy and a lack of regulation on lobbyism are important challenges for petroleum governance. The Tanzanian government failed to reach a unified, coordinated policy position and bureaucratic competition was rife. Citizens in general felt bypassed in the process of developing three new petroleum laws, while local businesses and the local chapter of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative came out ahead in the ‘lobby game’. Keywords: Tanzania, offshore gas, lobbying, resource discoveries, petroleum governance, EITI

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