By Kristin Reed
After a long time of civil battle and instability, the African kingdom of Angola is experiencing a stunning financial increase because of its most useful normal source: oil. yet oil extraction--both on- and offshore--is a poisonous therapy for the country's fiscal ills, with devastating results on either the surroundings and standard livelihoods. concentrating on the typical realities of individuals residing within the extraction zones, Kristin Reed explores the exclusion, degradation, and violence which are the culmination of petrocapitalism in Angola.
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23 Producing Distortions Apart from the well-connected few who receive jobs and contracts in the oil industry, Angolans see few benefits from their country’s oil wealth though they suffer its distorting effects. The extraction and export of non-renewable resources can ultimately render oil-dependent economies poorer. Prescient structural theorists warned against development centered on resource exports for three reasons: (1) ever worsening terms of trade tend to exacerbate inequality between rich industrialized countries and poor primary commodity exporters; (2) international commodities markets are marked by drastic price fluctuations; and (3) the dominance of foreign multinationals in resource extraction impedes growth in the rest of the economy because these companies repatriate their profits rather than making local investments (Ross 1999).
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Crude Existence: Environment and the Politics of Oil in Northern Angola (Global, Area, and International Archive) by Kristin Reed