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Investigating the effectiveness of different forms of mineral resources governance in meeting the objectives of the UK petroleum fiscal regime


  • Abdo, Hafez


After 40 years of oil investments, the UK is now a mature oil province. During these 40 years or so, the UK Government has changed the type of governance it uses to manage its petroleum resources. This paper introduces the theoretical background to two models of mineral resource governance: proprietorial and non-proprietorial regimes. It investigates how adoption any of these two models by the UK Government has historically affected the achievement of the objectives of the UK petroleum fiscal regime. The analysis tracks the changes in the governance of the UK petroleum resources using changes in the average petroleum tax rate, and how this last influenced the achievement of the objectives of the UK petroleum Regime. The findings remain significant for their policy implications. The study concludes that the UK Government adopted a proprietorial type of mineral governance during the period 1975–1982, before changing to a non-proprietorial regime in the period 1983–2000. Since 2000 it has begun to move back towards a proprietorial style of governance. The excessive use of one type of these modes of governance leads to the objectives of the UK petroleum fiscal regime being not met.

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  • Abdo, Hafez, 2014. "Investigating the effectiveness of different forms of mineral resources governance in meeting the objectives of the UK petroleum fiscal regime," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 48-56.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:65:y:2014:i:c:p:48-56
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.021

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    1. Furtado, Lucas S. & Gonçalves, Edson & Costa, Luciano A.R., 2019. "Risk and rewards dynamics: Measuring the attractiveness of the fiscal regime in the presence of exploratory risks," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 132(C), pages 1274-1287.

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