The Nigerian state has been oil-rich for decades, and yet perennially incapable of converting its oil resources into wealth for ordinary Nigerians. Adeoye O. Akinola tackles this "vexed" oil question by examining the political economy of efforts to deregulate the Nigerian downstream oil industry. Focusing on themes of globalization and democratization, this book considers how a resource-rich developing country like Nigeria can exploit the opportunities of globalization and navigate the pressures of democratization and the challenges of liberalization. Pairing sophisticated theoretical frameworks with firsthand accounts from actors in the oil industry, this book identifies the root causes of Nigeria's development struggles and offers practical policy solutions for successfully deregulating the oil sector. For public officials and policymakers as well as researchers, this book offers a critical new lens on the future of natural resource management in Nigeria and the Global South.
Adeoye O. Akinola is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Public Administration and Political Science at University of Zululand, South Africa. He holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has published widely on globalization, peace and conflict studies, governance and African political economy.
1. Introduction2. Globalization and Democratization Nexus3. Deregulation Policy4. The Quest for Development: Theoretical Discourse5. The Structure and Nature of the Nigerian State6. State Actors in the Downstream Oil Sector7. Non-state Actors and Oil Sector Reform: Interests and Roles8. The Deregulation Debate9. Oil Subsidy Administration in Nigeria10. Oil Sector Reform and the Scourge of Corruption11. Globalization of the Nigerian State and Economy