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Perspectives on community representation within the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: Experiences from south-east Madagascar


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  • Smith, Shirley M.
  • Shepherd, Derek D.
  • Dorward, Peter T.
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    This article critically examines the nature and quality of governance in community representation and civil society engagement in the context of trans-national large-scale mining, drawing on experiences in the Anosy Region of south-east Madagascar. An exploration of functional relationships between government, mining business and civil society stakeholders reveals an equivocal legitimacy of certain civil society representatives, created by state manipulation, which contributes to community disempowerment. The appointment of local government officials, rather than election, creates a hierarchy of upward dependencies and a culture where the majority of officials express similar views and political alliances. As a consequence, community resistance is suppressed.

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    Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 241-250

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:2:p:241-250

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    Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI); Large-scale mining; Trans-national mining; Governance; Rio Tinto; Madagascar; Africa; Developing country; Development; Minerals; Resource rich; Globalisation;

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    1. Larsen, Rasmus Kløcker & Mamosso, Christiane Alzouma, 2014. "Aid with Blinkers: Environmental Governance of Uranium Mining in Niger," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 62-76.


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