This book explores how different corporate governance strategies affect community mobilization and the scope for influence when an area's population is faced with the arrival of the extraction industry. Drawing on ethnographic research into Peruvian mining localities, the author analyses a series of relationships which are characterized by confrontations, clientelism, demobilization and strategic collaboration. By presenting a detailed account of micro practices and showing how these processes are interpreted by different groups, Gustafsson offers a refined understanding of the multiple layers and informal workings of power between transnational corporations and local communities.
Maria-Therese Gustafsson is Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research foci include natural resource governance and political participation.