Transparency and accountability in natural resource governance: A case study of oil and gas in Ghana

Katinka C. van Cranenburgh*, Josep F. Mària

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In resource-rich countries, good governance of natural resource revenues is key. If fairly collected and well spent (that is, to serve the population’s long-term interests), such revenues can play a vital role in national economic and social development. This development depends on the way governments, firms and civil society organizations harness and allocate these resources. This chapter studies oil and gas governance in Ghana based upon the power and authority relations between the different stakeholders involved in oil and gas governance. The research question guiding the research is: How is the use of power mechanisms affecting free and critical debate in the governance processes of the oil and gas sector in Ghana? It will be answered through analysis and discussion of a longitudinal case study that combines secondary data and interviews with stakeholders over a period of five years. The findings will help industry stakeholders understand how stakeholder relations and multi-stakeholder initiatives affect governance issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781003152651
ISBN (Print)9780367713096
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2021


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