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 13: Urban land: a new type of resource curse?

Dieter Zinnbauer

Abstract

Given the potential for bad urban governance to fuel kleptocratic practices, exacerbate inequalities, and further marginalize the livelihoods of billons of urban poor, more attention should be paid to cities as units of analysis, and to urban land in particular. As this chapter insightfully notes, the challenges of urban land governance not only results from the sheer value of this very political resource, but also from the role played by urban land as an investment vehicle to launder the money made through illicit exploitation, corruption and tax evasion associated with other natural resource sectors. Keywords: Urban land, land governance, money laundering, tax evasion, corruption, urban poverty

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