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Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

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

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Financial Times
Carbon Democracy is a sweeping overview of the relationship between fossil fuels and political institutions from the industrial revolution to the Arab Spring, which adds layers of depth and complexity to the accounts of how resource wealth and economic development are linked.”
Foreign Policy
“A challenging, sophisticated, and important book.”
Naked Capitalism
It’s a book that tackles a really big subject, in a sweeping but readable fashion, and after reading it, it’s hard to imagine thinking about political power the same way again ... This book utterly blew me away.— Matt Stoller
Mahmood Mamdani
“A remarkable book that deserves a wide audience.”
Matt Stoller - Naked Capitalism
“It’s a book that tackles a really big subject, in a sweeping but readable fashion, and after reading it, it’s hard to imagine thinking about political power the same way again ... This book utterly blew me away.”
Naked Capitalism - Matt Stoller
“It’s a book that tackles a really big subject, in a sweeping but readable fashion, and after reading it, it’s hard to imagine thinking about political power the same way again ... This book utterly blew me away.”
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"Timothy Mitchell’s Carbon Democracy examines the simultaneous rise of fossil-fueled capitalism and mass democracy and asks very intelligent questions about the fate of democracy when oil production declines."—Benjamin Kunkel, New Statesman

Carbon Democracy is a sweeping overview of the relationship between fossil fuels and political institutions from the industrial revolution to the Arab Spring, which adds layers of depth and complexity to the accounts of how resource wealth and economic development are linked.”—Financial Times

“A challenging, sophisticated, and important book.”—Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy

“This study of the basis of modern democracy over the past century connects oil-producing states of the Middle East with industrial democracies of the West. Mitchell argues that carbon democracy in the West has been based on the assumption that unlimited oil will produce endless economic growth, and he concludes that this model cannot survive the exhaustion of these fuels and associated climate change. Tim Mitchell has written a remarkable book that deserves a wide audience.”—Mahmood Mamdani, author of Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

“It’s a book that tackles a really big subject, in a sweeping but readable fashion, and after reading it, it’s hard to imagine thinking about political power the same way again ... This book utterly blew me away.”—Matt Stoller, Naked Capitalism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781681169
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 302,656
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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