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Sustainability Issues Turning into Subnational Political Risk: Lessons from Gold Mining in Argentina

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Natalia YakovlevaORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Academy of Management, 2017.

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Industrial development has been accompanied by a multitude of social and environmental externalities. Often it is social movements who highlight such concerns and put pressure on companies to change their practices. One strategy social movements can utilize here is to increase a company’s political risk. While the extant literature on political risk has largely focussed on national government, we draw attention to the importance of subnational levels of government. We discuss specifically how political risk can arise from the processes through which a sustainability discourse generated by social movements infuses a local community’s sustainability orientation, the generalized manner in which the community deals with trade-offs around sustainability issues. Presenting data from two case studies of foreign direct investment into the Argentinian mining sector, we show how a strong and coherent sustainability orientation can generate substantial political risk at subnational level, irrespective of whether similar risk develops at national level.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Preuss L, Vazquez-Brust D, Yakovleva N, Mutti D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Academy of Management Annual Meeting

Year of Conference: 2017

Print publication date: 04/08/2017

Online publication date: 01/08/2017

Acceptance date: 17/03/2017

Date deposited: 14/12/2017

Publisher: Academy of Management


Sponsor(s): Organisation and Natural Environment Division