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Sovereignty, the ‘resource curse’ and the limits of good governance: a political economy of oil in Ghana

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-42
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Issue number147
Early online date14 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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The idea of a resource curse has influenced policy makers and led to calls for good governance to avoid the pitfalls of oil sector development. Through discussion of Ghana’s recent insertion into the global political economy of oil, this paper describes the limits of the resource curse framing and associated liberal institutional management approaches to the inherently political nature of oil exploration and production. The paper describes ways in which sovereignty has been exercised both in opposition to and in support of foreign capital, and the role of discourses of ‘good governance’ in structuring the material politics of resource access.

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