1st Edition

Chinese Energy Companies in Africa
Implications for the Foreign Policy of an Authoritarian State

ISBN 9781138390003
Published September 16, 2020 by Routledge
292 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Over the last decade, Chinese energy companies have engaged in the acquisition of oil and gas in Africa. This book investigates the activities of Chinese energy companies throughout a number of African countries, including Nigeria, Angola, Sudan and Tunisia.

Based on seven years of empirical research and hundreds of interviews with Chinese government and company representatives, Chinese Energy Companies in Africa breaks original ground in understanding the emergence of domestic interest groups in foreign policy. It examines the impact of non-state actors on Chinese foreign policy, and in particular the increasing role played by national oil companies (NOCs). Supported by extensive data, this is also the first publication of its kind to focus on the foreign policy behaviour of an authoritarian state and the role herein played by non-state actors. In addition to the main cases put forward, a chapter of comparative mini-cases is included.

This book creates important implications for both policymakers and scholars; it will serve as a valuable resource for those involved in the fields of foreign policy, international security and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Chinese Energy Companies’ Acquisitions Abroad  2. The Foreign Policy of an Authoritarian State  3. The Chinese Energy Sector  4. Nigeria: from "Angola Model" to "Addax Model"  5. Angola: Independent NOCs Impacting Foreign Policy  6. Sudan: A Change of Foreign Policy  7. Tunisia: Chinese Companies Involved for Profit  8. Mini-Cases  9. Conclusion

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T. Kasandra Behrndt-Eriksen is Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. She researches and teaches on China’s foreign policy.