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Notions of participatory democracy that are used to support this view primarily involve an educative process in which individuals learn to cooperate beyond their individual interests to achieve both public and private security (Pateman 1970). Thus, participation in the political science domain reflects fundamental tensions between the right to compete in a market economy and the right to an equitable standard of living. Political participation also reflects basic tensions between individual and collective rights.
It introduced an oil export tax to finance this policy (which, in effect, subsidized consumers, most of whom lived in central Canada) at the expense of the western provinces. Furthermore, to ensure that Ottawa, and not the provinces, had access to the major share of tax revenues generated by the oil boom, the federal government provided additional regulations that prevented oil companies from claiming royalties paid to the provinces as federal income tax deductions. 5 Thus, most westerners felt that the constitution left them unfairly vulnerable to the interests of central Canada.
Pateman interprets this definition of participation to exclude the following situations: where an individual merely takes part in a group activity; where an individual is merely given information on a decision affecting him or her before it is executed; or where an individual is present at a meeting but has no influence. From an egalitarian perspective, Pearse and Stiefel (1979) define citizen participation with a purpose of empowerment as: "the organized efforts to increase control over resources and regulative institutions in given social situations, on the part of groups and movements of those hitherto excluded from such control" (8).