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 4: Transparency and natural resource revenue management: empowering the public with information?

Päivi Lujala and Levon Epremian

Abstract

Transparency and public accountability are core concepts in anti-corruption policies. This chapter on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative challenges the assumption that increasing transparency and informing the public about natural resource revenues will lead to more equitable revenue management. Policy and practice initiatives that cast people’s action, or lack of it, mainly as behavioural problems should more carefully consider how people manoeuvre within structures that may prevent collective action for change, and what can be done about it, rather than relying on the hope that transparency and public information will in themselves bring about effective forms of accountability. Keywords: Transparency, accountability, EITI, anti-corruption discourse, resource revenues

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