Crude intentions: how oil corruption contaminates the world (2020)
in: Oxford scholarship online
Billions of dollars stolen from citizens are circling the globe, enriching powerful individuals, altering political outcomes, and disadvantaging everyday people. Where does one begin to fight corruption of this magnitude? To find answers, 'Crude Intentions' examines the corruption crisis that erupted during the recent oil boom. Telling stories drawn from around the world, the text reveals how company bosses signed off on risky schemes, kleptocrats used oil wealth to cement their hold on power, and armies of bankers, accountants, and lawyers stashed the stolen loot offshore. But, the stories also reveal vulnerabilities in this web of fraud, and show how heroic prosecutors, journalists and activists succeeded in battling back. These are the starting points for building a smarter fight against corruption, in the oil sector and well beyond.