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Carbon democracy : political power in the age of oil

Author: Timothy Mitchell
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2011.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Mitchell
ISBN: 9781844677450 1844677451
OCLC Number: 711052060
Description: 278 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machines of democracy --
The prize from fairyland --
Consent of the governed --
Mechanisms of goodwill --
Fuel economy --
Sabotage --
The crisis that never happened --
McJihad.
Other Titles: Political power in the age of oil
Responsibility: Timothy Mitchell.

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