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Managing Resource Abundance and WealthThe Norwegian Experience$
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Jonathon W. Moses and Bjørn Letnes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198787174.001.0001

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Regulating the Workplace and the Environment

Regulating the Workplace and the Environment

(p.167) 9 Regulating the Workplace and the Environment
Managing Resource Abundance and Wealth

Jonathon W. Moses

Bjørn Letnes

Oxford University Press

One of the biggest challenges for petroleum-rich countries is the need to balance the economic potential of the natural resource with the threat that exploitation brings to the health and safety of workers and the environment. These regulatory challenges are especially difficult in countries that lack a strong state and administrative apparatus. This chapter examines the challenge of balancing these needs, and how Norway increased regulatory supervision and autonomy after a couple of serious offshore accidents. The result was a unique monitoring system based on the principle of internal control, which relies heavily on international standards and the capacity of the labor movement to monitor and check developments.

Keywords:   health and safety, environment, labor movement, internal control, international standards

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