This book uses extractive industry projects in Africa to explore how political authority and the nation-state are reconfigured at the intersection of national political contestations and global, transnational capital. Instead of focusing on technological zones and the new social assemblages at the actual sites of construction or mineral extraction, the authors use extractive industry projects as a topical lens to investigate contemporary processes of state-making at the state–corporation nexus.

Throughout the book, the authors seek to understand how public political actors and private actors of liberal capitalism negotiate and redefine notions and practices of sovereignty by setting legal, regulatory and fiscal standards. Rather than looking at resource governance from a normative perspective, the authors look at how these negotiations are shaped by and reshape the self-conception of various national and transnational actors, and how these jointly redefine the role of the state in managing these processes for the ‘greater good’. Extractive Industries and Changing State Dynamics in Africa will be useful for researchers, upper-level students and policy-makers who are interested in new articulations of state-making and politics in Africa.

chapter |21 pages


Boom and bust: extractive industries and African states in the twenty-first century

chapter 1|19 pages

Africa’s re-enchantment with big infrastructure

White elephants dancing in virtuous circles?

chapter 2|16 pages

Port geographies

Africa’s infrastructure boom and the reconfiguration of power and authority

chapter 3|18 pages

The ‘blue economy’ and Operation Phakisa

Prospects for an emerging developmental state in South Africa?

chapter 5|23 pages

The politics of LNG

Local state power and contested demands for land acquisitions in Palma, Mozambique

chapter 6|17 pages

A radical mineral policy with retribalisation?

Mining and politics of difference in rural South Africa

chapter |8 pages


The political ecology of the state