Publications & Presentations

 

Journal Articles, Special Issues & Chapters

  1. Oppong, Nelson (2019) Book Review: The petro-developmental state in Africa: Making oil work in Angola, Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea. by J. S. Ovadia. London, Hurst & Co. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. 57(3),393-4
  2. Oppong, Nelson (2018) “Negotiating Transparency: NGOs and the Contentious Politics of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Ghana.” in Hantrais, L., Kattumuri, R and Lenihan, A. T. (eds.) Sustaining Natural Resources in a Changing Environment. London:
  3. Oppong, Nelson (2018) ‘Case Study: Ghana’s Public Services Commission’ in Nwasike, J. and Maina, D. (eds.) Key Principles of Public Sector Reforms: Commonwealth Case Studies. London: Commonwealth Secretariat pp. 116-135
  4. Oppong, Nelson (2018) Negotiating Transparency: NGOs and the Contentious Politics of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Ghana. Contemporary Social Science. 13(1), 58–71.
  5. Oppong, Nelson (2017) Michael J. Bloomfield. Dirty Gold: How Activism Transformed the Jewelry Industry. MIT Press, 2017. [book review] The Extractive Industries and Society. Available online 15 December 2017
  6. Oppong Nelson (2016) “Case Study: The Ghana Public Services Commission.” Key principles of public sector reforms case studies and frameworks.London: Commonwealth Secretariat, pp. 130-154
  7. Oppong, Nelson (2016). “Ghana’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee: An elusive quest for “home-grown” transformation in the oil industry.” Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. 34 (3)
  8. Oppong, Nelson (2016) “The twists and turns of institutional innovation in small island developing states: The case of Tuvalu.” Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 54 (1) 23-45
  9. Oppong, Nelson (2015). Franklin Obeng-Odoom. Oiling the urban economy: Land, labor, capital, and the state in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana [book review]. African Spectrum, 2/2015: 143–145
  10. Oppong, Nelson (2013) “Promoting governance, strengthening capacity: a public sector for wealth & job creation. Partnership for Research in International Affairs & Development Policy 1 (2):1-25

Consultancy Reports & Background Papers

  1. Ghana Banking Reforms Should Strengthen Sector. Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. Jan 8, 2019
  2. Spotlight on Ghana’s Public Service Commission. London: Commonwealth Secretariat (2016)
  3. Thematic Framework for Governance and Public Administration in the Commonwealth. The outcome of the Commonwealth’s Working Group on Public Administration and Governance. 27th and 28th November 2014 Marlborough House, London
  4. The role and structure of the Office of the Head of Public Service in the Caribbean. Caribbean Leadership Project, Bridgetown-Barbados, 2014 (with Colin McDonald)
  5. The role, responsibility and structure of cabinet offices in the Caribbean. Caribbean Leadership Project, Bridgetown-Barbados, 2014 (with Adeyemi Ogunmefun and others)
  6. A framework for a governance capacity resilience model for the small island developing states of the Caribbean region. Presented at the Commonwealth Secretariat Third Biennial Conference on Small States St Lucia, 26-27th March 2014 (with Matthew Bishop)
  7. An island in a sea of reforms: Governance and public sector development in Tuvalu. presentation at the Regional Preparatory Consultation on Governance and Development in Small Island States in the Caribbean, 25-26th June 2012, Buccament Bay, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  8. Strengthening the public sector for good governance in small states: The case of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Paper for Commonwealth Secretariat conference, Public Administration in the Very Small States, 23-24 April 2013, Marlborough House, London
  9. Public administration in the smallest island states: Governance and development. paper for Commonwealth Secretariat Conference, Public Administration in the Very Small States, 23-24 April 2013, Marlborough House, and London (with Andre DeBattista)
  10. Policy and institutional frameworks in local governance in the Commonwealth Pacific. paper for Commonwealth Secretariat conference, Public administration in the very small states, 23-24 April 2013, Marlborough House, London
  11. Public sector development for economic growth and employment creation. Background paper for Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Biennial Conference 2012. A public service fit for the future 24th-26th October 2012, New Delhi, India

Conference Papers, Presentations and Invited Talks

  1. "Between Elite Reflexes and Deliberative Impulses: A Comparative View of New Oil and the Politics of Reform in Africa." presentation at ENERGY|AFRICA from TECHNOPOLITICS to TECHNOFUTURES by the Center for African Studies, University of Florida 2018-19 Carter Conference, March 21-23, 2019 Gainesville, FL
  2. “Extractive Economies and the Dilemmas of Corporate Restructuring: The case of Oil and Stakeholder capitalism in Ghana.” selected for the 20th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. March 25-29, 2019 Washington, DC.
  3. “Reconfiguring Global Norms for Local Transformations: The Case of Africa’s new Oil and the Politics of Reform in Ghana” presentation at the joint Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) – International Studies Association (ISA) Quito 2018 conference, from 25-27 July 2018 in Quito, Ecuador
  4. “A clock among the clouds? Political Settlement frameworks and the unsettling politics of Africa’s Oil” presentation at workshop in honor of the legacy of Prof Abdul Raufu Mustapha at the University of Oxford, 12 March 2018
  5. “Compliants or extraverts? Elites and the politics of “good governance” reform in Ghana’s oil industry.” Presented at the workshop, themed. The New Political Economy of African Petroleum: Reassessing the Boom of 2002-14, organized by Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, at Oxford University (Jan 17).
  6. Elites and the politics of reform in rentier states: emerging insights from Africa. Panel co-convened with Zainab Usman at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Development Studies Association, University of Oxford, Sept 12-14
  7. “Transparency as transformation? Ghana and the Extractive Industries Transparency.” Paper presented at the TIPS 2016 Forum on Industrialization and the Mining Economy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 14-15.
  8. “Defying global order: Ghana and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.” Lecture delivered at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy Distinguished Speaker Series, University of Dundee, Scotland. Oct. 22, 2015
  9. Transforming the crude state: Oil and the politics of Ghana's Public Interest and Accountability Committee.” Paper presented at the panel, Resources, Corporations, and Public Interests, 58th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, San Diego, California, 19-22, 2015.
  10. “Oil and the politics of institutional choice: missing voices in Ghana’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee.” Presented at the 6th European Conference on African Studies, the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris July 8-10, 2015
  11. “Model or Mirage? External Governance Solutions and the Transformation of Ghana’s Oil Industry.” Presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) Global South Caucus 2015. Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation. Singapore, January 8-10, 2015
  12. “A Framework for a governance capacity resilience model for the small island developing states of the Caribbean region.” Presented with Matthew Bishop at the Commonwealth Secretariat Third Biennial Conference on Small States St Lucia. March 26-27, 2014.
  13. “Similar but different: the unique case of Trinidad and Tobago’s rentier state.Presented the National Conference. Trinidad and Tobago at 50: A model nation? Organized by Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of West Indies, St Augustine’s Campus, Trinidad. April 25-27,2012
  14. “Between democratic institutions and poverty: an overview of the missing socio-economic links of ethnicity in Ghana.” Presented at the Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, Oxford University conference, themed, Race and the imagination: discourses of (post)race, culture and agency, Oxford, Oct. 24, 2010
  15. “Overview of State-Labor Relations in Ghana.” Presentation to the National Workers’ Union/ Transport and Industrial Workers’ Union Seminar; TIWU Conference Hall; Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago. 14, 2010
  16. “Brewed in a Barrel: Expectations of Ghana’s Oil Discovery.” Presentation at Welfare and Wine Discussion Series, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. 23,2010.