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Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

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Oil is a curse, it is often said, that condemns the countries producing it to an existence defined by war, corruption and enormous inequality. Carbon Democracy tells a more complex story, arguing that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil. It shapes the body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely upon revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest demand for energy.

Timothy Mitchell begins with the history of coal power to tell a radical new story about the rise of democracy. Coal was a source of energy so open to disruption that oligarchies in the West became vulnerable for the first time to mass demands for democracy. In the mid-twentieth century, however, the development of cheap and abundant energy from oil, most notably from the Middle East, offered a means to reduce this vulnerability to democratic pressures. The abundance of oil made it possible for the first time in history to reorganize political life around the management of something now called "the economy" and the promise of its infinite growth. The politics of the West became dependent on an undemocratic Middle East.

In the twenty-first century, the oil-based forms of modern democratic politics have become unsustainable. Foreign intervention and military rule are faltering in the Middle East, while governments everywhere appear incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to end the age of carbon democracy--the disappearance of cheap energy and the carbon-fuelled collapse of the ecological order.

In making the production of energy the central force shaping the democratic age, Carbon Democracy rethinks the history of energy, the politics of nature, the theory of democracy, and the place of the Middle East in our common world.

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How oil undermines democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis.

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How do oil and democracy mix? Oil is a curse, we are told, that causes corruption and war, but Carbon Democracy tells a different story. Timothy Mitchell rethinks the history of energy, the politics of nature, the work of democracy, and the place of the Middle East in our common world. He begins with the history of coal, which gave those who produced it the power to shut down energy systems, a power they used to build the first mass democracies. Oil offered the West an alternative source of energy, and a different form of politics. It helped create a denatured political life whose central object, the economy, appeared capable of infinite growth. It created democratic forces dependent on an undemocratic Middle East. And it left us with an impoverished political practice, incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to end the age of carbon democracy--the disappearance of cheap energy and the carbon-fueled collapse of the ecological order.

About the Author

Timothy Mitchell teaches at Columbia University. His books include Colonising Egypt, Rule of Experts, and Carbon Democracy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844677450
Subtitle:
Political Power in the Age of Oil
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Mitchell, Timothy
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Publication Date:
20111107
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 in 1.33 lb

Related Subjects

Business » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Political Science
History and Social Science » Politics » Politics of Oil
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy

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Product details 288 pages Verso - English 9781844677450 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , How oil undermines democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis.
"Synopsis" by , How do oil and democracy mix? Oil is a curse, we are told, that causes corruption and war, but Carbon Democracy tells a different story. Timothy Mitchell rethinks the history of energy, the politics of nature, the work of democracy, and the place of the Middle East in our common world. He begins with the history of coal, which gave those who produced it the power to shut down energy systems, a power they used to build the first mass democracies. Oil offered the West an alternative source of energy, and a different form of politics. It helped create a denatured political life whose central object, the economy, appeared capable of infinite growth. It created democratic forces dependent on an undemocratic Middle East. And it left us with an impoverished political practice, incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to end the age of carbon democracy--the disappearance of cheap energy and the carbon-fueled collapse of the ecological order.
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