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What good is an oil sector without oil? How regime security and shorttermism explains DR Congo’s (non-)oil sector

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  • Edmond, Patrick
  • Titeca, Kristof

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• The DRC has major possibilities for oil development, but very little actual development. • A major barrier is state inaction or blockages. • These emerge due to regime stability concerns. These are manifests in two key ways: The sector is a major source of patronage and rent-extraction. These rents are not created through the active production and development of the sector, but through selling access. Oil sector development is contrary to regime stability: internal geopolitics, regional relationships, and central control over major wealth are threatened by sector development. • These elements have not only prevented companies from exploration and production, but have discouraged further investor interest. • Change is unlikely. The disincentives which have blocked development in the past remain strong.

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  • Edmond, Patrick & Titeca, Kristof, 2018. "What good is an oil sector without oil? How regime security and shorttermism explains DR Congo’s (non-)oil sector," IOB Analyses & Policy Briefs 26, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
  • Handle: RePEc:iob:apbrfs:2018001
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    Congo; DRC; oil;

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