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New Discussion Paper: The Political Economy of Extractive Resources

GIZ’s Sector Project Sustainable Economic Development has published a new discussion paper titled “The Political Economy of Extractive Resources”, which analyses power structures, the web of interests and resulting incentive structures in resource-rich countries. The study applies new theories of political economy and presents case studies.

The realistic analysis provides a political economy framework to support the work of development practitioners. It discusses the dynamics likely to be encountered when implementing approaches of technical cooperation in resource-rich countries. The study can therefore serve as background document for the preparation of political economic analyses and provides appropriate methods for such analyses. In addition, the discussion paper gives suggestions how interventions of development cooperation can be targeted and pitfalls avoided, whilst taking into account the complex political economic framework. The study is available online: http://star-www.giz.de/starweb/giz/pub/servlet.starweb?path=giz/pub....

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Comment by Leila Kazemi on September 2, 2016 at 20:36

Agree with Johnny West in praise of this paper and this line of work more generally (see also https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/research-publications/the-weak...).

Comment by Johnny West on August 4, 2016 at 15:04

This is the single most useful working paper I have found in my seven years of working on governance issues. It has a masterful review of the Resource Curse literature and brings the vital perspective of political economy to our work. There is all too often a curious paradox in work that is (usually) founded in some concept of Resource Curse... not factoring in reaction by entrenched elites to... the work of governance and transparency itself.


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