"Public Brainpower: Civil Society and Natural Resource Management" - the book edited by Dr. Indra Overland and published by Palgrave Macmillan - discusses how civil society, public debate and freedom of speech affect the management of natural resources. Good governance of natural resources requires fertile public debate – to conceive new institutions, to provide checks and balances on existing institutions and to ensure their continuous dynamic evolution as the needs of society change.
Trainer of Eurasia Hub Kanan Aslanli contributed to the book with a chapter on how civil society, public debate and freedom of speech affect the management of natural resources. “Public Brainpower” consists of studies of 18 oil and gas-producing countries: Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and Venezuela.
The chapter by Kanan Aslanli “Azerbaijan: Civil Society and the Petroleum Sector“describes how key decisions about the petroleum sector are made exclusively by top officials and members of government. Individual citizens are largely excluded from processes of policy formulation, decision-making and opinion formation. Civil society activists are active in the social media, but public policy debates are otherwise almost non-existent.
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