By Meenal Shrivastava, Lorna Stefanick
Sooner than may possibly 2015, the oil-rich jurisdiction of Alberta had, for over 4 a long time, been a one-party nation. in the course of that point, the guideline of the revolutionary Conservatives basically went unchallenged, with reviews of presidency coverage falling on deaf ears and Alberta rating in the back of different provinces in voter turnout. Given the province’s fiscal reliance on oil sales, a symbiotic courting additionally constructed among govt and the oil undefined. Cross-national stories have detected a correlation among oil-dependent economies and authoritarian rule, a development fairly obvious 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 international North.
In probing the effect of Alberta’s robust oil foyer at the future health of democracy within the province, participants 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 parts comparable 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 constructions in Alberta, then what of Canada as complete, the place the temporary priorities of the oil proceed to form federal coverage? In Alberta, the hot Democratic celebration is able to opposite the democratic deficit that's almost immediately fuelling political and monetary inequality. The findings during this e-book recommend that, to revitalize democracy, provincial and federal leaders alike needs to locate the braveness to lower the effect of the oil on governance.
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Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada by Meenal Shrivastava, Lorna Stefanick