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The Social License
The Story of the San Cristobal Mine

ISBN 9781138579699
Published September 10, 2018 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

This unique book combines a colourful history of Bolivian politics with some of the most advanced quantitative techniques yet developed for socio-political risk analysis. This is the story of how a foreign-owned private sector mining company (Minera San Cristobal - MSC) earned, lost, and regained its social licence to operate.

Robert G. Boutilier and Ian Thomson, leading experts in stakeholder management theory and practice, transform the concept of the SLO from a metaphor to a management tool. The book traces the development of new concepts and measures in the field of stakeholder engagement while following the narrative of a community struggling with a fundamental change in its identity from a declining, malnourished llama-herding village to one of the richest towns in Bolivia.

This remarkable story will inspire practitioners in the field of stakeholder management; it will provide an invaluable roadmap for professionals working on land re-use projects in the energy, mining, and conservation sectors; it will make stakeholder relations concepts and techniques accessible to students through an engaging and in-depth case study; and it will open your eyes to one of the most fascinating accounts of how two different cultures collided and then came together to address different but aligned goals.

Table of Contents


Part One: Historic Context

Chapter 1: In the Beginning

Chapter 2: The Historical Roots of Divergent Views of Fairness

Chapter 3: Bolivian Politics from the Spanish to the Neo-Liberals

Chapter 4: The Anti-Foreigner Turn

Part Two: Retrospective from Discovery to Operating Mine

Chapter 5: Social License Concept

Chapter 6: From Geological Discovery to Construction 1994-2004

Chapter 7: Construction: 2004 to 2006

Chapter 8: Transition to Operating Mine: 2007 to 2009

Chapter 9: Renegotiation of Roles and Rights: 2010 and 2011

Part Three: Stakeholder Strategies from Quantitative Measures

Chapter 10: Shift to Quantitative Risk Assessment Methods

Chapter 11: Co-evolution of Risk Hotspots with Bolivian Politics and Economy: 2009 to 2015

Chapter 12: From Findings to Strategies that Work

Part Four: Distinctive Features and Conclusions

Chapter 13: Women and the San Cristóbal Mine

Chapter 14: The Trouble with Llamas

Chapter 15: Concluding Observations

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Robert G. Boutilier is a strategy consultant, social researcher, and Associate of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Ian Thomson is a practising social consultant, researcher and communicator with more than 40 years of experience in the natural resource industries, most recently as principal of Shinglespit Consultants Inc., Canada.