Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil ePUB

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  • 288 pages
  • Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil
  • Timothy Mitchell
  • English
  • 06 January 2017
  • 1781681163

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Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of OilDoes oil wealth lead to political poverty It often looks that way, but Carbon Democracy tells acomplex story In this magisterial study, Timothy Mitchell rethinks the history of energy, bringing into his grasp as he does so environmental politics, the struggle for democracy, and the place of the Middle East in the modern world With the rise of coal power, the producers who oversaw its production acquired the ability to shut down energy systems, a threat they used to build the first mass democracies Oil offered the West an alternative, and with it came a new form of politics Oil created a denatured political life whose central object the economy appeared capable of infinite growth What followed was a Western democracy dependent on an undemocratic Middle East We now live with the consequences an impoverished political practice, incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to end the age of carbon democracy namely, the disappearance of cheap energy and the carbon fueled collapse of the ecological order

About the Author: Timothy Mitchell

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