Measuring What? "Success" and "Failure" in Ghana's Oil Industry

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Society and Natural Resources, 2014, 27 (6), pp. 656 - 670
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This article analyzes the dominant ways in which questions of oil prospecting, exploration, and production are framed and outcomes measured. Using the case of Ghana, a critical institutional approach, and drawing on multiple sources of data, it shows how existing policy overlooks the structural complexities of distribution, empowerment, and corruption. Willing local institutions can make a difference, but they too have structural impediments to overcome. Thus, for now, grand statements about "success" or "failure" in the management and use of oil economies need to be taken with caution. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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