Category Resource Politics
New (second!) special issue published!
In this project, I and my co-editor Kate Macdonald from Melbourne University examine the process of norm diffusion of global environmental standards into domestic policy arenas in selected developing countries.
The Promise – and Pitfalls – of State-led Development in Resource-rich Countries: Resource Nationalism in Latin America and Beyond
Originally posted on Developing Economics:
The eclipse of neoliberalism in 2000s coincided with the so-called commodity ‘super cycle’ that lasted between 2002 and 2012. In search of a new model, resource-rich states began to articulate resource nationalism as a development strategy. While ownership and control of minerals and hydrocarbons are intricately tied to claims of…
Workshop on States, Nature and the Exercise of Power in the Global South: Towards a New Research Agenda
I am pleased to announce that we are holding a one-day workshop at Sheffield University on “States, Nature and the Exercise of Power in the Global South: Towards A New Research Agenda”. The event aims to foster an open dialogue among scholars of natural resource politics, drawing from various disciplinary traditions, including international political economy, […]
Can a Fourth Victory for the Workers’ Party Secure Brazil’s State Capitalism?
Last Sunday, 26th October, Brazilians voted the incumbent Dilma Rousseff, securing the Workers’ Party (PT) its fourth electoral victory. In a very tight race with Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PDSB), Rousseff won by a three per cent margin, indicating the fragility of her victory in what has been considered as one […]
Labour Unions and Oil Democracies
In the recently concluded Annual Conference hosted by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), I presented a paper on labour politics in oil-rich states. Our paper, co-authored with Håvard Haarstad and Andrew Lawrence, explores the theoretical significance of non-state actors in shaping governance arrangements in oil-rich economies. Given the resurgence of social conflicts in mining and energy industries, it is vital […]
Debating the oil fund
Norway is about to debate what to do with their US$ 840 billion oil fund – that is, to continue investing in oil, gas and coal companies or to think about using the third largest sovereign wealth fund in the world towards sustainable energy transition. Mr. Petter Jonssen, Norway’s fund manager in equity markets who control […]
One Hundred Years of Ineptitude
The Economist this week features Argentina’s so-called ‘one hundred years of ineptitude‘. It explains the rise and fall of Argentina from being one of the richest in the world in early twentieth century towards a country of uncertainty, poverty and inequality. During its liberal years between 1880s and 1920s, the country ranked among the ten richest […]
The resource boom: new developmental spaces or another race to the bottom?
Whilst uncertainty over economic recovery remains pervasive in Europe and the United States, in other parts of the world one can hardly speak of an economic crisis. From the ‘BRICS’ to ‘rising Africa’ and the revival of the G20, we cannot deny the newfound sense of optimism that has arisen in much of the developing […]