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Mines, Communities, and States
The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction in Africa


  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476935

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  • When do local communities benefit from natural resource extraction? In some regions of natural resource extraction, firms provide goods and services to local communities, but in others, protest may occur, leading to government regulatory or repressive intervention. Mines, Communities, and States explores these outcomes in Africa, where natural resource extraction is a particularly important source of revenue for states with otherwise limited capacity. Blending a mixture of methodological approaches, including formal modelling, structured case comparison, and quantitative geo-spatial empirical analysis, it argues that local populations are important actors in extractive regions because they have the potential to impose political and economic costs on the state as well as the extractive firm. Jessica Steinberg argues that governments, in turn, must assess the economic benefits of extraction and the value of political support in the region, and make a calculation about how to manage trade-offs that might arise between these alternatives.

    • Provides a mixed methods approach
    • Readers can understand the context of how this plays out on the ground and why it matters, through the case studies
    • Considers the role (and power) of local communities
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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476935
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Local Politics of Natural Resource Extraction: A Theory:
    2. A logic of governance
    3. Model: a (more) formal logic
    Part II. Local Politics on the Ground:
    4. On comparative case analysis
    5. Two firms, one country: coal in Tete, Mozambique
    6. Two countries, one firm: mining the Copperbelt in Zambia and DRC
    7. Comparative implications
    Part III. Beyond Mozambique, Zambia and DRC:
    8. Generalizing the theory
    9. On social mobilization near mines
    10. On repression near mines
    11. Conclusion: what next?

  • Author

    Jessica Steinberg, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Jessica Steinberg is Assistant Professor of International Studies, faculty affiliate of the Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis, and Adjunct Faculty in Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has conducted seven years of field work in Africa, in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Senegal, Congo-Brazzaville, and Zambia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Geography, the Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Perspectives on Politics.

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