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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union$
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Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012669

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012669.001.0001

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Oil Wealth, Environment, and Equity in Azerbaijan

Oil Wealth, Environment, and Equity in Azerbaijan

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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union

Shannon O’Lear

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the Soviet legacy of environmental degradation in oil-rich Azerbaijan and the impacts of that degradation on the evolving political and economic systems. It evaluates the impact of Azerbaijan’s oil wealth on the daily life of the people using the concept of human security as a lens and highlights the people’s concerns and awareness of the environmental problems associated with the oil industry. The analysis also indicates while environmental injustice is experienced locally, the processes generating it occur at national and transnational levels and involve states and multinational corporations with a global reach.

Keywords:   environmental degradation, Azerbaijan, political system, economic system, human security, environmental problems, oil industry, environmental injustice, states, multinational corporations

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