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The Scramble for African Oil

The Scramble for African Oil

Oppression, Corruption and War for Control of Africa's Natural Resources

Douglas A. Yates

Series: New Politics, Progressive Policy




(with free eBook)



How Western control of Africa's oil has fed corruption and undermined democracy, and how African people have resisted.

This is a history of the abuses suffered by Africa through colonial, imperial and capitalistic scrambles for oil that have plagued the continent for centuries. France, the US, Portugal, Spain and other western nations have continually plundered Africa’s resources, leading to political corruption and the annihilation of democracy that continues to this day.

Extraordinary stories reach far into the depths of domination and control. Neo-colonialism in Gabon, Yankee Landlords of Cabinda and the World Bank in Chad are explored, as is the growth of kleptocracy, the rise of multinational corporations and the legacy of slavery.

Concluding with evidence of how Africans have refused to remain passive in the face of such developments, forming movements to challenge this new attempt at domination, this book challenges our understanding of Africa, raising questions about the consequences of our reliance on foreign resources.

Douglas A. Yates is Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy at the American Graduate School, International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris, and Anglo-American Law at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. His most recent book is The French Oil Industry and the Corps des Mines in Africa (2009).

'Essential reading for anyone seeking an understanding of the 'resource curse', the global exploitation of Africa's resources and the troubled state of African politics' - Michael Klare, Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College and author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy

'Yates brilliantly scales the walls of the oil fortress in Africa and shines a light into the complex politics - local, national and global - of the oil and gas industry' - Michael Watts, 'Class of 1963' Professor of Geography and Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Part I: Power From Above
1. Foreign States and Trade Relations
2. Multinational Corporations and Nationalization
3. International Organization and Governance
4. Rentier States and Kleptocracy
5. Praetorian Regimes and Terror
Part II: Power From Below
6. Journalists and Intellectuals
7. Political Parties and Elections
8. Armed Struggle for Independence
9. Popular Resistance and People Power
10. Unscrambling the Scramble for African Oil
Published by Pluto Press in Jan 2012
Paperback ISBN: 9780745330457
eBook ISBN: 9781849646291

272 pages

135mm x 215mm