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dc.contributor.authorHaija, Rammy M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-06T15:45:09Z
dc.date.available2017-04-06T15:45:09Z
dc.date.issued2009-03-31en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-04072009-003640en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/77349
dc.description.abstractCorporate interlocks between U.S. firms are a long-studied issue, and the apparent influence of these interlocks can be examined by applying theories of capitalism vs. the state arguments in examining the actual policy power that these interlocks potentially wield. This study investigates the link between corporate executives of the United States petroleum and military-defense industries, and examines the implications of the interlocking directorates that exist between these two industries, along with the strength of ties to government through former lawmakers and bureaucrats seated on these boards. The purpose of this research is to uncover evidence as to whether these interlocks and social network-ties are being utilized to further mutual interests of both these industries, along with the state, notably U.S.-led or U.S.-financed military or covert actions in petroleum-rich regions across the globe. The analysis reveals that interlocking directorates between the petroleum and defense industries show a high frequency of interlocks relative to other industries, along with a strong connection to government. This study points to the potential that oil-rich regions may have undergone U.S. military and covert interventions in an effort to not only gain access to petroleum, but to further the economic interests of the petroleum and defense industries. These findings lead to the conclusion that a real "Syriana," as in the plot of the 2005 film, may have been executed on two primary occasions during the George W. Bush administration.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectmilitary-industrial complexen_US
dc.subjectinterlocking directoratesen_US
dc.subjectdefense contractoren_US
dc.subjectoilen_US
dc.titleThe Real "Syriana": Interlocking Directorates Shaping a Defense-Petroleum-Policy Complexen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPolanah, Paulo S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFuller, Theodore D.en_US
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04072009-003640/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairHawdon, James E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairWimberley, Dale W.en_US
dc.date.sdate2009-04-07en_US
dc.date.rdate2016-09-30
dc.date.adate2009-04-24en_US


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