African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403

Full Length Research Paper

International politics of oil and the clash of dependencies

Goke Lalude and Antonia T. Simbine*
1Political Science Department, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State Nigeria. 2Governance Studies Division, NISER, Ojoo, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 September 2008
  •  Published: 31 December 2008


The term dependency has a direct reference to the Southern developing nations, which through their underdeveloped state, are reliant on the Northern developed nations. However, the international oil politics gives a totally different picture of dependency. This is because Northern developed nations, disadvantaged in both reserves and production, but with a very large appetite for oil, are dependent on the South for he product that is critical to their economics and civilization. There is therefore a clash of the two dependencies; one that is structural and the other that is product. A critical analysis is thus done in this notable clash in contemporary international relations.


Key words:  Oil politics, dependency.