Ghana – Big Man, Big Envelope, Finish: Chinese Corporate Exploitation in Small-Scale Mining

Part of the Development, Justice and Citizenship book series (SIID)


This chapter investigates the activities of a Chinese mining company in the small-scale gold mining sector in a corner of Ghana. It questions the legality of its operations, given that small-scale mining is by law ‘reserved for Ghanaians’, and argues that bribery combined with corruption amongst state officials has enabled the company to operate at the margins of legality with relative impunity. While local opposition to company activities occurred, the local movement was confronted by combined state-corporate power. This case study of a local resource conflict ultimately informs us about the character of the contemporary Ghanaian state and state–business–society relations, highlighting profound changes that have occurred in which the interests of foreign private capital and local political elites are privileged, while those of local people remain marginalised.


Gold Mining Mining Company Traditional Authority Opposition Group Resource Conflict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.Venceremos Development ConsultTamaleGhana
  3. 3.Bolgatanga PolytechnicBolgatangaGhana

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