Originally published in 1980, this book presents a comparative analysis of British and Norwegian oil policies, focusing on the interdependence and bargaining relationship between governments and oil companies, as well as the policy choices, concerns and constraints for the two governments. The perspective is largely that of a government planner, whose main concerns are the long-term and complex interests of the state, orderly development as well as social and political stability.
1. Governments and Companies 2. North Sea History 3. The Economic Attraction 4. Government Strategy 5. Organisation and Control 6. Taxation Policy 7. The Impact of Economic Policy 8. Oil and Political Economy 9. International Dimensions 10. Future Prospects 11. Conclusion: A Question of Learning