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by Philippe Le Billon,Gavin Bridge

Oil pulses through our daily lives. It is the plastic we touch, the food we eat, and the way we move. Oil politics in the twentieth century was about the management of abundance, state power, and market growth. The legacy of this age of plenty includes declining conventional oil reserves, volatile prices, climate change, and enduring poverty in many oil-rich countries. The politics of oil are now at a turning point, and oil's future will not be like its past. In this in-depth primer to one of the world's most significant industries, authors Gavin Bridge and Philippe Le Billon take a fresh look at the contemporary political economy of oil. Going beyond simple assertions of peak oil and an oil curse, they point to an industry reordered by global shifts in demand towards Asia, growing reliance on unconventional reserves, international commitments to reduce carbon emissions and a growing campaign for fossil fuel divestment, and violent political struggles in producer-states. As a new geopolitics of oil emerges, the need for effective global oil governance becomes imperative. Highlighting the growing influence of civil society and attentive to the efforts of firms and states to craft new institutions, this fully updated second edition identifies the challenges and opportunities to curtail price volatility, curb demand and the growth of dirty oil, decarbonize energy systems, and improve governance in oil-producing countries.

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ISBN: 0745649254
ISBN13: 978-0745649252
Category: Business
Subcategory: Industries
Author: Philippe Le Billon,Gavin Bridge
Language: English
Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (November 5, 2012)
Pages: 200 pages
ePUB size: 1725 kb
FB2 size: 1460 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 769
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_Oil_ in the Polity Resource Series is an excellent introduction and overview of geographical and geopolitical oil issues. The book came out two years ago, but is still very up to date. This book covers some points that other books on oil don't. A key example of this is the observation that oil demand is rising rapidly in the Far East, but the bulk of oil supply is in the Middle East and most of the processing and refining capacity is in the West. This is a key point to remember in debates about the economics and politics of oil and, increasingly, natural gas. Other books and papers I have read on this subject do not bring up this point explicitly.
The authors of this book are both resource geographers and bring the insights of their field to the subject. The book isn't particularly technical, but it is dense and slower reading than other books covering the same or similar material. This book is very well written for such a short yet comprehensive treatment.
This book also covers China's approach to energy issues and efforts to govern oil on the global level unusually well.
A book that goes very well with this one is _Myths of the Oil Boom: American National Security in a Global Energy Market_ because it covers the security effects of the US shale oil revolution in more detail than _Oil_ does. The authors of these two books share a similar outlook on the subject matter, also.
Standard book that came in good condition.
This book takes oil from every perspective—the political, social, economic, historical, and legal aspects of this defining substance.
The book was very informative and interesting. I particularly enjoyed it because it was the electronic version. Money well-spent.
Interesting book to read
It's very goof
Great book. Very well written for its subject matter
There is comprehensive information on oil in this book. Although not too thick (around ~200 pages), it takes some effort to read and understand the stuff. However it really was worth my time.

The authors go into a lot of topics about oil, including its history, its effect on the societies, the economy, the environment, and the daily life of people. Although the language is a little bit dry (even wars are mentioned casually), and there is a huge information dump (lots of charts and tables, and info boxes), given the scope of the book, they are understandable.

Overall this might be a recommended reference if you're interested in the geopolitics of oil, or how the future energy sources might shape the world.