Resource politics in Mongolia: Large- and small-scale mines in collision

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Emily Crawford, Jonathan Ratcliffe, Michael Rose

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    This paper outlines the debates surrounding the conflicts between large- and small-scale mining in Mongolia. It provides a historical overview of these conflicts, discusses the critical role of mining in Mongolia's international relations and foreign investment, and the chain of economic, social and environmental causes and effects at work in the trend of herders diversifying into (largely informal) mining activities. As we show, despite the rapid changes in relation to land, culture, community currently taking place in Mongolia stemming from neoliberal policies, privatization and deepening disparities in wealth, notions of social justice remain firmly rooted in socialist ethics.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalResources Policy
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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