The Petrochemical Game of War
This chapter aims to “see like the petrochemical industry” on a strategic level, extending the methodology of James Scott’s Seeing Like a State. Alongside observations at dozens of industry events, the analysis is based on business histories and corporate documents. The chapter examines the operational logic of the petrochemical industry in terms of a game, including its playing field, rules for success, and strategies. The petrochemical industry has its own strategic ways of seeing and acting, which stem from its origins in war and its path-dependent history of collusive practices. The implications of this analysis are that corporate petrochemical warfare has become increasingly complex, adaptive, and sophisticated, requiring new methods of resistance.