Resource Extraction and Contentious States

Resource Extraction and Contentious States

Book Review

Resource Extraction and Contentious States: Mining and the Politics of Scale in the Pacific Islands
Matthew G. Allen
Palgrave Macmillan

It was only when I was about halfway through the first chapter of Matthew Allen’s new book that it hit me – I have only ever lived on an island. The one I’m living on now (Australia) is a very big one, and the one I started on (the United Kingdom) is very crowded. But the one where I spent almost half of my life is Efate, in Vanuatu. And that place certainly felt most like an island to me, with its ring road that takes about two hours to drive all the way around, providing a view of the Pacific Ocean pretty much the whole time.

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