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    DescriptionOil 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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    Carbon Democracy
    Political Power in the Age of Oil
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Timothy Mitchell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9781781681169
    ISBN 10: 1781681163

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    LC classification: HD9560.6 .M58 2013
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    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    05 July 2013
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    Author Information
    TIMOTHY MITCHELL teaches at Columbia University. His books include Colonising Egypt, Rule of Experts, and Carbon Democracy.
    Review quote
    "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" Foreign Policy