Originally published in 1985. This in-depth analysis of federal energy policy and politics in the oil and gas sector critically evaluates the National Energy Program, one of the most controversial and wide-ranging policy initiatives in Canadian history - an import case study. Bridging Canadian politics and public policy, the book gives an historical overview of the development of energy policy since 1945, examining the shifts in the balance of power between public and private energy interests. It presents the NEP’s positive and negative impacts on energy policy and the nature of political power.
Preface. Introduction Part 1: The Forging of the NEP 1. Energy Politics and the NEP 2. The NEIP: The Anatomy of a Decision Part 2: Canadian Energy History and the Pre-NEP Legacy 3. The History of Canadian Energy Politics and Policy 4. Government-Industry Relations: The Pre-NEP Years 5. Intergovernmental Energy Relations: The Pre-NEP Years Part 3: Energy Politics After the NEP: 1981-1984 6. Government-Industry Relations and the NEP 7. Intergovernmental Relations and the NEP Part 4: Policy and Implementation in the Post-NEP Period 8. Energy Policy and Implementation: Ideas, Structures and Processes in Action 9. Prices and Taxes: Running the NEP Gauntlet 10. Energy Expenditures and the NEP: The Paradox of Control 11. Energy Regulation: From Public Utility Policing to Developmental Bargaining Part 5: Concluding Observations 12. Energy Politics: A New Balance of Power? 13. The NEP and Energy Policy: An Evaluation. Appendix i: Chronology of Major Energy Policies and Events ii. Alberta’s 12-Point Agenda of 1979 iii. Highlights of the Canada-Alberta 1981 Energy Agreement