, Number 10

Nicholas Shaxson

Popular perceptions of corrruption, poverty and the 'resource curse' in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea can be caricatured as belonging to (or falling between) two possible positions. First, the fault lies with oil companies, exploiting, bribing and otherwise abusing innocent Africans. Second, the blame lies with corrupt African rulers, stealing the oil money.

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