Multistakeholderism in Oil Sands Governance

32 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2008 Last revised: 5 Aug 2008

Date Written: August 2008


Governance increasingly involves the opening up of decision-making to greater participation by the public. Multistakeholderism is one manifestation of this increased public participation and, in the context of oil sands development, has led to the establishment of groups like the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) and the Oil Sands Consultations Multistakeholder Committee (MSC). The purpose of this paper is to trace the historical development of the structures of interest representation in the context of the development of the Alberta oil sands. It is argued that oil sands development and governance has been dominated by the interests of two key groups of actors, government and industry, and that the emergence of key multistakeholder bodies has thus far done little to alter the historic government-industry model of interest representation.

Keywords: multistakeholderism, governance, oil sands, Alberta

Suggested Citation

Phillips, Jeffrey P. T., Multistakeholderism in Oil Sands Governance (August 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Jeffrey P. T. Phillips (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6T 1Z4

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