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[book cover] Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada

Edited by Meenal Shrivastava and Lorna Stefanick

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October 2015

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Business & Economics / Canadian Studies / Environmental Studies / Political & International Studies / Public Policy



About the Book

Prior to?May?2015, the oil-rich jurisdiction of Alberta had, for over four decades, been a one-party state. During that time, the rule of the Progressive Conservatives essentially went unchallenged, with critiques of government policy falling on deaf ears and Alberta ranking behind other provinces in voter turnout. Given the province’s economic reliance on oil revenues, a symbiotic relationship also developed between government and the oil industry. Cross-national studies have detected a correlation between oil-dependent economies and authoritarian rule, a pattern particularly evident in Africa and the Middle East.?Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada?sets out to test the “oil inhibits democracy” hypothesis in the context of an industrialized nation in the Global North.

In probing the impact of Alberta’s powerful oil lobby on the health of democracy in the province, contributors to the volume engage with an ongoing discussion of the erosion of political liberalism in the West. In addition to examining energy policy and issues of government accountability in Alberta, they explore the ramifications of oil dependence in areas such as Aboriginal rights, environmental policy, labour law, women’s equity, urban social policy, and the arts. If, as they argue, reliance on oil has weakened democratic structures in Alberta, then what of Canada as whole, where the short-term priorities of the oil industry continue to shape federal policy? In Alberta, the New Democratic Party is in a position to reverse the democratic deficit that is presently fuelling political and economic inequality. The findings in this book suggest that, to revitalize democracy, provincial and federal leaders alike must find the courage to curb the influence of the oil industry on governance.


About the Editors

Meenal Shrivastava is associate professor of political economy and global studies at Athabasca University.

Lorna Stefanick is a professor at Athabasca University, where she serves as coordinator for the Governance, Law, and Management program.



Ricardo Acu?a, Bob Barnetson, Sara Dorow, Josh Evans, Jason Foster, Joy Fraser, Trevor Harrison, Paul Kellogg, Manijeh Mannani, Gabrielle Slowey, Peter (Jay) Smith, and Karen Wall.



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DownloadIntroduction ? Framing the Debate on Democracy and Governance in an Oil-Exporting Economy
Meenal Shrivastava and Lorna Stefanick


Download1. Liberal Democracy in Oil-Exporting Countries: A View from the Perspective of Staples Theory
Meenal Shrivastava

Download2. Petroleum, Politics, and the Limits of Left Progressivism in Alberta
Trevor W. Harrison

Download3. Petro-politics in Alberta and Canada: A New Spatiality of Political Contestation?
Peter (Jay) Smith

Download4. Alberta’s Energy Paradigm: Prosperity, Security, and the Environment
Lorna Stefanick

Download5. The Political Economy of Oil and Democracy in Venezuela and Alberta
Paul Kellogg


Download6. Petroleum, Patriarchy, and Power: Women’s Equality in Canada and Iran
Joy Fraser, Manijeh Mannani, and Lorna Stefanick

Download7. Development at What Cost? First Nations, Ecological Integrity, and Democracy
Gabrielle Slowey and Lorna Stefanick

Download8. Worker Safety in Alberta: Trading Health for Profit
Bob Barnetson

Download9. Exporting Oil, Importing Labour, and Weakening Democracy: The Use of Foreign Migrant Workers in Alberta
Jason Foster and Bob Barnetson

Download10. Gendering Energy Extraction in Fort McMurray
Sara Dorow


Download11. A Window on Power and Influence in Alberta Politics
Ricardo Acu?a

Download12. The Paradox of Plenty: Ending Homelessness in Alberta
Joshua Evans

Download13. “The Sharpest Knives in the Drawer”: Visual Culture at the Intersection of Oil and State
Karen Wall

Download14. Blurring the Boundaries of Private, Partisan, and Public Interests: Accountability in an Oil Economy
Lorna Stefanick

DownloadConclusion ? Of Democracy and Its Deficits: Surviving Neoliberalism in Oil-Exporting Countries
Meenal Shrivastava

DownloadList of Contributors



“This book is a clarion warning of an unacceptable shift in the public sphere towards service of particular economic interests and away from democracy and the legitimate role of the government. […] The book also reveals the ceaseless dispute between business and public interests, or considered from another standpoint, between liberty and justice.”

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