Oil Companies in the International System

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Oil Companies in the International System

By Louis Turner
Allen & Unwin (for the Royal Institute of International Affairs), 1978
240 pp. $21.25

Though the supply of books about oil is spilling over, room should be found for this one. Its focus is on relations between governments and the big oil companies as they have changed from 1939 to the present. Much of the material is familiar, but Turner, an economist working at Chatham House, does an excellent job of weighing conflicting views of the activity and influence of host and customer governments and the companies themselves. After considering the range of possible future developments he concludes that the companies will survive for quite some time.

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