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Resource nationalism and sustainable development: a primer and key issues

Halina Ward

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Foreign direct investment is often characterised as an attempt to annex the resources of a foreign country - as terms such as "land grab" bear out. Host countries are increasingly responding with counter-measures to protect sovereignty over national assets - a phenomenon known as resource nationalism. Consumer countries too are adopting various mechanisms of resoruce nationalism to protect claims to critical resources, particularly oil and gas. The report "Resource nationalism and sustainable development: a primer and key issues" by Halina Ward provides a conceptual, legal and practical overview of the many manifestations of resource nationalism and considers how resource nationalism contributes to, or detracts from, sustainable development.

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Ward, H.2009. Resource nationalism and sustainable development: a primer and key issues. IIED, London.