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 11: Rosewood democracy

Oliver Remy

Abstract

Political transitions are often rife with corruption, and aid conditionality is occasionally deployed to stop corrupt logging practices amidst electoral processes. This powerful story of the resurgent trade in rosewood in northeastern Madagascar shows how a group of local timber traders leveraged illicit wealth to become elected members of Madagascar’s Fourth Republic. Their influence over national forest policies paved the way for continued rosewood exploitation despite the government repeatedly agreeing to a logging moratorium, notably in exchange for foreign aid. Keywords: Madagascar, rosewood trade, illegal logging, elections, corruption, aid conditionality

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