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By Meenal Shrivastava, Lorna Stefanick

Sooner than may well 2015, the oil-rich jurisdiction of Alberta had, for over 4 many years, been a one-party country. in the course of that point, the rule of thumb of the revolutionary Conservatives basically went unchallenged, with evaluations of presidency coverage falling on deaf ears and Alberta score at the back of different provinces in voter turnout. Given the province’s fiscal reliance on oil sales, a symbiotic courting additionally built among executive and the oil undefined. Cross-national stories have detected a correlation among oil-dependent economies and authoritarian rule, a development fairly obtrusive in Africa and the center East. Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada units out to check the “oil inhibits democracy” speculation within the context of an industrialized country within the worldwide North.

In probing the effect of Alberta’s strong oil foyer at the wellbeing and fitness of democracy within the province, members to the quantity interact with an ongoing dialogue of the erosion of political liberalism within the West. as well as reading power coverage and problems with govt responsibility in Alberta, they discover the ramifications of oil dependence in components similar to Aboriginal rights, environmental coverage, labour legislation, women’s fairness, city social coverage, and the humanities. If, as they argue, reliance on oil has weakened democratic buildings in Alberta, then what of Canada as complete, the place the momentary priorities of the oil proceed to form federal coverage? In Alberta, the recent Democratic occasion is able to opposite the democratic deficit that's shortly fuelling political and monetary inequality. The findings during this ebook recommend that, to revitalize democracy, provincial and federal leaders alike needs to locate the braveness to shrink the effect of the oil on governance.

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Hutton, in Visions of a “Post-Staples” Economy (1994), argued that some regions were showing signs of the emergence of a post-staples economy, signs such as Liberal Democracy in Oil-Exporting Countries 45 industrialization and urbanization, resources depletion, the regionalization of markets, and industrial restructuring. At that time, these elements were seen by some as driving the Canadian political economy in a new, post-staples direction, as illustrated by the apparent importance of manufacturing and tertiary activities, the rise of social movements, the importance of knowledge elites, urbanization, and increasingly disconnected regional politics (Howlett and Brownsey 1996; Howlett and Ramesh 1992; Hutton 1994).

Hutton, in Visions of a “Post-Staples” Economy (1994), argued that some regions were showing signs of the emergence of a post-staples economy, signs such as Liberal Democracy in Oil-Exporting Countries 45 industrialization and urbanization, resources depletion, the regionalization of markets, and industrial restructuring. At that time, these elements were seen by some as driving the Canadian political economy in a new, post-staples direction, as illustrated by the apparent importance of manufacturing and tertiary activities, the rise of social movements, the importance of knowledge elites, urbanization, and increasingly disconnected regional politics (Howlett and Brownsey 1996; Howlett and Ramesh 1992; Hutton 1994).

Ultimately, it is not the commodity of oil itself that is the culprit, but the exacerbation of the tension between the individualist and collectivist assumptions underlying liberal democracy, an amplification brought on by the great wealth generated in a short span of time in a neoliberal context. This tension between the core assumptions of democracy is evident in the theoretical debates on liberal democracy and is explored in the next section. Liberal Democratic Theory and Application: Two Sides of Different Coins The ongoing debate on the nature and components of liberal democracy appears to be happening on two largely unconnected planes.

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