Governing African Gold Mining

Private Governance and the Resource Curse

  • Ainsley Elbra

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ainsley Elbra
    Pages 1-33
  3. Ainsley Elbra
    Pages 105-137
  4. Ainsley Elbra
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  5. Ainsley Elbra
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-239

About this book


This book takes a fresh approach to the puzzle of sub-Saharan Africa’s resource curse. Moving beyond current scholarship’s state-centric approach, it presents cutting-edge evidence gathered through interviews with mining company executives and industry representatives to demonstrate that firms are actively controlling the regulation of the gold mining sector. It shows how large mining firms with significant private authority in South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania are able to engender rules and regulations that are acknowledged by other actors, and in some cases even adopted by the state. In doing so, it establishes that firms are co-governing Africa’s gold mining sector. By exploring the implications for resource-cursed states, this significant work argues that firm-led regulation can improve governance, but that many of these initiatives fail to address country/mine specific issues where there remains a role for the state in ensuring the benefits of mining flow to local communities. It will appeal to economists, political scientists, and policy-makers and practitioners working in the field of mining and extractives.

Ainsley Elbra is a Sessional Academic at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to commencing her academic career she was a corporate banker with one of Australia’s largest financial institutions.


International Political Economy Resource Politics Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana Tanzania South Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Ainsley Elbra
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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