The Politics of Oil

Controlling Resources, Governing Markets and Creating Political Conflicts

Dag Harald Claes, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway

The Politics of Oil brings together legal studies, economics, and political science to illustrate how governments gain and exercise control over oil resources and how political actors influence the global oil market, both individually and in cooperation with each other. The author also investigates the role of oil in preserving regime stability, in civil wars and in inter-state conflicts, as well as discussing the possible implications for the oil industry from policies to combat climate change.

‘Dag Harald Claes has a unique knowledge of the politics, economics and (even more importantly from my point of view) the history of oil. He is one of the few who can blend together the three aspects in a simple and vibrant narrative. The Politics of Oil can be used as a reference in undergraduate classes, but will also be of interest for anybody dealing with the complexities of international energy and environmental politics.’
– Giuliano Garavini, European University Institute, Italy

‘This book masterfully discusses how governance, markets, and security come together in creating a nexus full of inspiration for scholars of International Political Economy. What does oil do to sovereignty? Is it a blessing or a curse? How long will OPEC still be in charge? And what does the future hold for the world’s most important commodity against the backdrop of climate change? The Politics of Oil will be an invaluable resource for everyone seeking answers to these crucial questions.’
– Andreas Goldthau, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

2019 296 pp Paperback 978 1 83910 153 3 £29.95 £23.96 $47.95 $38.36
2018 296 pp Hardback 978 1 78536 017 6 £90.00 £81.00 $135.00 $121.50

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