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(Post)Revolutionary Interlinkages: Labour, Environment and Accumulation

Eslava, Luis and Natarajan, Usha and Parfitt, Rose (2012) (Post)Revolutionary Interlinkages: Labour, Environment and Accumulation. Review of: Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (Verso, 2011) by Mitchell, Timothy. Transnational Legal Theory, 4 (1). pp. 108-125. ISSN 2041-4005. E-ISSN 2041-4013. (doi:10.5235/20414005.4.1.108) (KAR id:64665)


In this collective review, we explore Timothy Mitchells Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil with a view to reflecting critically on a contemporary historical juncture, which we call a

(post)revolutionary moment. The review builds on discussions at a seminar we co-organised in Doha, Qatar under the auspices of Harvard Law Schools Institute for Global Law and Policy as part of its annual workshop in January 2013.1 Carbon Democracy is part of a significant body of scholarship stretching over several decades where Mitchell explores the relationship between economic expertise

and the material conditions of socio-economic development. Mitchells analyses over the years have been wide-ranging in their interests and implications, but his particular focus has been the Arab region. In Carbon Democracy, Mitchell maintains this geographical focus, investigating the internal mechanics and political repercussions of that quintessential Middle Eastern commodity, oil. Yet this is

not an ordinary resuscitation of the rentier states thesis: as Mitchell explains: [r]ather than a study of democracy and oil, [this] became a book about democracy as oilas a form of politics whose mechanisms on multiple levels involve the processes of producing and using carbon energy (5).2

Item Type: Review
DOI/Identification number: 10.5235/20414005.4.1.108
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Rose Parfitt
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 10:40 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:24 UTC
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