Svart gull, svart samvittighet? ('Black Gold, Black Conscience?')

Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 68, No 2, 2010, pp. 295-303. In Norwegian

The article reviews three recent Norwegian-language books on oil and gas developments (by Helge Ryggvik, Gudmund Skjeldal and Unni Berge and Simen Sætre, all published in 2009). The books are analysed in the context of the lacking critical debate about the power of the petroleum industry in Norway, and challenges the conventional view of Norway as a success case in petroleum sector management, frequently referred to as the only petroleum producing country that has escaped the 'resource curse'. The article proposes three subjects for public and academic scrutiny: The power relations in the Norwegian petroleum sector, the paradox of Norway's active rhetoric on environmental issues and status as petroleum producer, and the challenges involved in the international expansion of the Norwegian petroleum industry.