Handbook on Oil and International Relations


Handbook on Oil and International Relations

9781839107542 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Roland Dannreuther Professor of International Relations and Wojciech Ostrowski, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Westminster, UK
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 754 2 Extent: 488 pp
This Handbook provides an in-depth analysis of the multiple ways in which oil has shaped, changed and affected international relations and global politics. Theoretically innovative, it provides new insights into the interaction between the materiality of oil and its social, economic and political manifestations.

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This Handbook provides an in-depth analysis of the multiple ways in which oil has shaped, changed and affected international relations and global politics. Theoretically innovative, it provides new insights into the interaction between the materiality of oil and its social, economic and political manifestations.

International contributors address the continuing legacy of oil, colonialism, and neo-imperialism and how this has had lasting effects on regions like the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Chapters also assess the complex ways in which oil has influenced the trajectory of global capitalism with the emergence of multiple and powerful economic actors and institutions, and how this has affected the less powerful, the marginalised and the dispossessed. The Handbook concludes by considering the future of oil in the context of the transition to a low-carbon energy system and the challenges and geopolitical consequences of a world becoming less dependent on oil.

Exploring the interaction between oil, hegemony and the international political order, this Handbook will be critical reading for scholars and students of international relations, energy policy and environmental governance and regulation. It will also be beneficial for practitioners and policy makers in the field of the international political economy of energy.
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‘The Handbook on Oil and International Relations surveys a vast field of scholarship in a manner that is both authoritative and insightful. The contributors, who are some of the top scholars in their respective areas, bring to bear a considerable degree of theoretical sophistication, while their empirical grasp of specific regions is invaluable. This fills a gap in the field and will be read widely.’
– Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, University of Oxford, UK

‘Oil politics is a core driver of international politics, from the roots of war to economic relations. This book covers a wide-ranging set of topics, with chapters by some of the top scholars in the field.’
– Jeff Colgan, Brown University, US

‘Dannreuther and Ostrowski have succeeded in bringing together some of the world’s foremost experts on the global petroleum sector. Although the oil industry is to be phased out, it is still going to be around for a while and it is still big – so we still need to understand how it works.’
– Indra Overland, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway
Contributors: Nathan Andrews, Philip Andrews-Speed, Margarita M. Balmaceda, Subhes C. Bhattacharyya, Mathieu Blondeel, Michael Bradshaw, Gregory Brew, Gavin Bridge, Dag Harald Claes, Roland Dannreuther, Tim Di Muzio, Alexander Dodge, Betul Dogan-Akkas, Matt Dow, Aurora Ganz, Andreas Goldthau, Raymond Hinnebusch, Llewelyn Hughes, Peyman Jafari, Inwook Kim, Christopher Len, David Mares, Emily Meierding, Xiaoyi Mu, Lindsay Ofrias, Nelson Oppong, Wojciech Ostrowski, Kwabena Oteng Acheampong, Richard Sakwa, Suzana Sawyer, Thijs Van de Graaf, Caleb Wellum, Douglas A. Yates


Introduction to Handbook on Oil and International Relations xvi
Roland Dannreuther and Wojciech Ostrowski

1 Oil and international relations: theory, materiality and the political 2
Roland Dannreuther
2 From exploration to consumption: understanding the materialities of oil 16
Gavin Bridge and Alexander Dodge
3 Oil and the materialities of other energy sources 33
Margarita M. Balmaceda
4 Oil, culture and modernity 50
Caleb Wellum
5 Oil securitisation: an analysis of oil security discourse and materiality
in Azerbaijan 65
Aurora Ganz
6 Oil, materiality, and interstate war 78
Emily Meierding
7 Oil and Asian maritime security in the Indian Ocean 93
Christopher Len

8 The geopolitics of oil: the United States in the twentieth century 113
Gregory Brew
9 Russia: oil and revisionist power 128
Richard Sakwa
10 Middle East: oil and political order 141
Raymond Hinnebusch
11 Latin America: oil, populism and revolution 158
David Mares
12 Africa: oil, colonialism and development 177
Nelson Oppong and Kwabena Oteng Acheampong

13 Oil nationalism, decolonization and fragmentation 190
Wojciech Ostrowski
14 Labour in the making of the international relations of oil: resource
nationalism and trade unions 206
Peyman Jafari
15 Oil, law, temporality and indigenous rights 221
Suzana Sawyer and Lindsay Ofrias
16 The oil curse: pollution, authoritarianism, corruption, and conflict 240
Douglas A. Yates
17 Oil, global governance and transparency norm proliferation 252
Nathan Andrews
18 Oil and subsidies 268
Subhes C. Bhattacharyya
19 Qatar: energy abundance and small powers 282
Betul Dogan-Akkas

20 International relations and oil: towards a networked power framework
of analysis 301
Llewelyn Hughes and Andreas Goldthau
21 Global capitalism and oil 315
Tim Di Muzio and Matt Dow
22 Oil price volatility: cartels, geopolitics and speculation 334
Xiaoyi Mu
23 Oil and international institutions 354
Dag Harald Claes

24 International oil companies, decarbonisation and transition risks 370
Mathieu Blondeel and Michael Bradshaw
25 The oil transition in a large oil-importing country: the case of China 391
Philip Andrews-Speed
26 Shale oil and the future of geopolitics 407
Inwook Kim
27 Transition troubles: petrostates, decarbonization, and the geopolitics of
peak oil demand 425
Thijs Van de Graaf

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