PESD Assistant Director Mark Thurber will be presenting a paper on
oil governance at the International Studies
Association 51st annual convention, "Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners."
the paper, which is entitled "The Limits of Institutional Design in Oil Sector
Governance: Exporting the ‘Norwegian Model,'" Mark and his co-authors (PESD
affiliated researchers David Hults and Patrick Heller) draw examples from
PESD's larger study of national oil companies to argue that separating policy,
regulatory, and commercial functions in oil administration works well in Norway
but is not the best prescription for all oil-producing countries. As the
premiere annual event of the ISA, which is the most widely known and respected
scholarly association in the field of international studies, the conference in
New Orleans attracts participants from around the world.