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Natural resource abundance and eminent domain: A case study from Africa

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  • Franklin Obeng-Odoom

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    This Viewpoint article draws on the doctrine of eminent domain (or compulsory purchase) as an analytical framework to analyse the regional and local impacts of a new source of oil. Sekondi-Takoradi, an oil city located in Ghana, West Africa, is used as a case study to explore the differentiated experiences of local people. The article shows that, although there are complex distributional issues that require different levels of compensation and betterment to be assessed and paid for, it is unlikely that they will, in fact, even be considered.

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    Article provided by London South Bank University in its journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 (June)
    Pages: 319-325

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:4:p:319-325

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    Keywords: Africa; eminent domain; Ghana; land; law; oil; political economy; resource curse;

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