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The Political Economy of Resource Regulation

An International and Comparative History, 1850-2015

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The Political Economy of Resource Regulation

An International and Comparative History, 1850-2015

Industrialist John Paul Getty famously quipped, “The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights.” Throughout history, natural resources have been sources of wealth and power and catalysts for war and peace. The case studies gathered in this innovative volume examine how the intersection of ideas, interest groups, international institutions, and political systems gave birth to distinctive regulatory regimes at various times and places in the modern world. Spanning seven continents and focusing on both advanced and developing economies, it offers unique insights into why some resource-rich countries have flourished while others have been mired in poverty and corruption.

376 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Natural Resource Regulations and the Global Economy / Andreas R.D. Sanders, Pål T. Sandvik, and Espen Storli

Part 1: Evolution of the Domestic Regulation of Natural Resources

1 The Australian Gold Rushes, 1850–1900: Elites, Mineral Ownership, and Democracy / Zdravka Brunkova and Martin Shanahan

2 Regulation of Natural Resources in the Nordic Countries, 1880–1940 / Andreas R.D. Sanders, Pål T. Sandvik, and Espen Storli

3 Regulating Natural Resources in Canada: A Brief Historical Survey / Robin S. Gendron and Andreas R.D. Sanders

4 National Oil Companies and Political Coalitions: Venezuela and Colombia, 1910–76 / Marcelo Bucheli

5 Managing Russia’s Resource Wealth: Coalitions and Capacity / Stephen Fortescue

6 Regulatory Regimes for Petroleum Production in Brazil / Gail D. Triner

Part 2: Impact of Imperialism on Resource Policy

7 Regulating Oil Concessions in British West Africa: The Case of Nigeria and the Gold Coast during the Colonial Period / Jon Olav Hove and John Kwadwo Osei-Tutu

8 Regulating Oil in Iran and India: The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and Burmah Oil, 1886–1953 / Neveen Abdelrehim and Shraddha Verma

9 “In the National Interest”: Regulating New Caledonia’s Mining Industry in the Late Twentieth Century / Robin S. Gendron

Part 3: Growing Internationalization of Resource Policy

10 Regulating the Regulators: The League of Nations and the Problem of Raw Materials / Mats Ingulstad

11 Regulating the Natural Resources in the Antarctic Region: A Historical Review / Bjørn L. Basberg

12 The Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Land and Natural Resources: The Sami in Norway / Hanne Hagtvedt Vik

13 “Europe Cannot Engage in Autarchical Policies”: European Raw Mate

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