The Political Economy of Sustainable Energy


Author: Catherine Mitchell
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 236
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Mitchell analyses the extent to which the current political paradigm is capable of meeting the challenges of climate change. She argues that unless there are fundamental changes to policy-making, it is unlikely that energy policies will be able to deliver sufficient change to enable a move to a sustainable energy economy.

The Political Economy of Renewable Energy and Energy Security

Common Challenges and National Responses in Japan, China and Northern Europe
Author: E. Moe,P. Midford
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137338873
Category: Science
Page: 333
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Bringing together renewable energy and energy security, this book covers both the politics and political economy of renewables and energy security and analyzes renewable technologies in diverse and highly topical countries: Japan, China and Northern Europe.

The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions


Author: Douglas Arent,Channing Arndt,Mackay Miller,Owen Zinaman,Finn Tarp
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198802242
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 640
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This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. A successful clean energy transition requires navigation of a variety of political and economic factors; in many respects, these factors are more formidable than the technical challenge of replacing fossil fuel infrastructure with lower carbontechnologies. The factors of political economy are present in all countries - developing and developed countries alike - all with a unique set of national circumstances, including entrenched political actorsand interests, established policies and goals, regulatory and market paradigms, and other aspects. As far as a clean energy transition is concerned, these factors are not to be taken lightly. As governments around the world pursue their greenhouse gas reduction goals, it is critical that they learn from one another both in terms of successes and failures. Advancing this process of knowledge-sharing, to the benefit of all, but especially the most vulnerable of present and future generations, isthe raison d'�tre of this book.

Renewable Energy Transformation or Fossil Fuel Backlash

Vested Interests in the Political Economy
Author: Espen Moe
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137298790
Category: Political Science
Page: 291
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Renewable energy is rising within an energy system dominated by powerful vested energy interests in fossil fuels, nuclear and electric utilities. Analyzing renewables in six very different countries, the author argues that it is the extent to which states have controlled these vested interests that determines the success or failure of renewables.

Energy

Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability
Author: Robert Bent,Lloyd Orr,Randall Baker
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781559639118
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 257
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In the early 2000s, energy prices have fluctuated wildly, from historic highs in the winter and spring of 2001 to the lowest wholesale prices in decades a few short months later. As the largest user of fossil-fuel energy, the United States is the key player in the world's energy markets, and our nation's energy policy (or lack thereof) has become a subject of increasing concern.Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability is an essential primer on energy, society, and the environment. It offers an accessible introduction to the "energy problem" -- its definition, analysis, and policy implications. Current patterns of energy use are without question unsustainable over the long term, and our dependence on fossil fuels raises crucial questions of security and self-sufficiency. This volume addresses those questions by examining the three broad dimensions of the issue: physical, human, and political-economic. Chapters consider: the laws of nature and the impacts of energy use on our physical and ecological life-support systems the psychological, social, and cultural factors that determine how we use energy the role of government actions in adjusting costs, influencing resource consumption, and protecting the environment how markets work, and the reasons and cures for market failures in responding to long-term environmental and energy problems Energy links energy use with key environmental issues of population, consumption, and pollution and offers readers a range of material needed for an informed policy perspective.

The Governance of Energy in China

Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
Author: P. Andrews-Speed
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113728403X
Category: Social Science
Page: 259
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The way in which energy is governed in China is driving its rising level of carbon dioxide emissions. This book analyses the nature of energy governance in China by combining ideas relating to transition management with institutionalist theories, which helps to identify factors which assist or constrain the country's path to a low-carbon economy.

Renewable Energy Policy and Politics

A handbook for decision-making
Author: Karl Mallon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136558608
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 288
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Understanding why renewable energy policies succeed and fail is essential for a range of stakeholders in the energy and environmental sectors. Clear information on why and how to secure successful renewable energy markets is much needed. Renewable Energy Policy and Politics meets that need, bringing together the experience of world leaders in this field. The book addresses the politics of renewable energy, the key players required to drive energy reform and those likely to resist change. The interplay between government, industry and society is discussed and explained with a balanced hand, offering a rare insight into political campaigning on energy. International case studies are included, complemented by a step-by-step breakdown of the elements required to achieve legislation. This book sets out the rules of the game, the stakes and the strategies for success. It will be an invaluable tool for policy makers, energy consultants, non-governmental organizations and other professionals working in the fields of energy policy, climate change and environmental policy. Students and researchers keen to enhance their knowledge of renewable energy markets and policy development will also find this essential reading.

The Global Energy Challenge

Environment, Development and Security
Author: Caroline Kuzemko,Michael F. Keating,Andreas Goldthau
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137410086
Category: Political Science
Page: 264
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The supply and demand of energy, its security and environmental sustainability are increasingly central issues in the contemporary world. This broad-ranging new text provides an international and interdisciplinary introduction to today's political, economic, security, policy and technological challenges set in a clear historical context.

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources


Author: Andreas Goldthau,Michael F. Keating
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1783475633
Category:
Page: 416
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This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research from leading scholars on the international political economy of energy and resources. Highlighting the important conceptual and empirical themes, the chapters study all levels of governance, from global to local, and explore the wide range of issues emerging in a changing political and economic environment.

Sustainable Energy

Opportunities and Limitations
Author: D. Elliott
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230378382
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 285
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In this timely book, leading authors explore the technologies that might help us to develop a sustainable energy future, emphasising renewable energy and the political and economic context needed for them to prosper. This collection makes hard-headed assessments of what is possible and what is not.

Living in a Low-Carbon Society in 2050


Author: H. Herring
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137264896
Category: Political Science
Page: 231
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Combining theory, case studies and speculative fiction, a range of contributors, from leading UK academics to pioneering renewable activists, create a compelling picture of the potential perks and pitfalls of a low carbon future.

Learning from Wind Power

Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy
Author: Joseph Szarka,Richard Cowell,Geraint Ellis,Peter A. Strachan,Charles Warren
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137265272
Category: Science
Page: 259
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Bringing together contributions from leading researchers, this volume reflects on the political, institutional and social factors that have shaped the recent expansion of wind energy, and to consider what lessons this experience may provide for the future expansion of other renewable technologies.

Green Vs. Green

The Political, Legal, and Administrative Pitfalls Facing Green Energy Production
Author: Ryan M. Yonk,Randy T. Simmons,Brian C. Steed
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415531276
Category: Political Science
Page: 230
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Renewable and carbon-neutral energy have been promoted as the future of energy production in the United States. Non-traditional energy sources show promise as alternatives to fossil fuels and may provide a sustainable source of energy in increasingly uncertain energy markets. However, these new sources of energy face their own set of political, administrative, and legal challenges. Green vs. Green explores how mixed land ownership and existing law and regulation present serious challenges to the development of alternative energy sources in the United States. Analytically examining and comparing five green energy sectors; wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel and hydro power, Ryan M. Yonk, Randy T. Simmons, and Brian C. Steed argue that discussing alternative energy without understanding these pitfalls creates unrealistic expectations regarding the ability to substitute "green" energy for traditional sources. The micro-goals of protecting individual areas, species, small-scale ecosystems, and other local environmental aims often limits ability to achieve macro-goals like preventing global climate change or transitioning to large-scale green energy production. Statutes and regulations designed to protect environmental and cultural integrity from degradation directly conflict with other stated environmental ends. Although there is substantial interest in adding clean energy to the grid, it appears that localized environmental interests interfere with broader environmental policy goals and the application of existing environmental laws and regulations may push us closer to gridlock. Green vs. Green provides a fascinating look into how existing environmental law created or will create substantial regulatory hurdles for future energy generations.

The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation


Author: Benjamin Sovacool,Björn-Ola Linnér
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137496738
Category: Political Science
Page: 226
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Drawing on concepts in political economy, political ecology, justice theory, and critical development studies, the authors offer the first comprehensive, systematic exploration of the ways in which adaptation projects can produce unintended, undesirable results.

The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy


Author: Thijs Van de Graaf,Benjamin K. Sovacool,Arunabha Ghosh,Florian Kern,Michael T. Klare
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137556315
Category: Political Science
Page: 743
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This Handbook is the first volume to analyse the International Political Economy, the who-gets-what-when-and-how, of global energy. Divided into five sections, it features 28 contributions that deal with energy institutions, trade, transitions, conflict and justice. The chapters span a wide range of energy technologies and markets - including oil and gas, biofuels, carbon capture and storage, nuclear, and electricity - and it cuts across the domestic-international divide. Long-standing issues in the IPE of energy such as the role of OPEC and the ‘resource curse’ are combined with emerging issues such as fossil fuel subsidies and carbon markets. IPE perspectives are interwoven with insights from studies on governance, transitions, security, and political ecology. The Handbook serves as a potent reminder that energy systems are as inherently political and economic as they are technical or technological, and demonstrates that the field of IPE has much to offer to studies of the changing world of energy.

The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance


Author: Thijs Van de Graaf
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137320737
Category: Political Science
Page: 206
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From climate change over shale gas to the race for the Arctic, energy makes headlines in international politics almost daily. Thijs Van de Graaf argues that energy is in dire need of global governance. He traces the history of international energy cooperation from the notorious 'Seven Sisters' oil-companies cartel to the recent creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He analyses how international institutions have been created for securing oil rents, coordinating consumer-countries' energy security policies, promoting producer-consumer dialogue, managing regional gas markets, and dealing with energy-related environmental externalities. Drawing on the emerging regime complexity literature, he constructs a novel analytical framework to explain the fragmented architecture of global energy governance, and studies prospects for institutional reform at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the G8/G20.

The Political Economy of the Low-Carbon Transition

Pathways Beyond Techno-Optimism
Author: Peadar Kirby,Tadhg O’Mahony
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319625543
Category: Political Science
Page: 303
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This book addresses the global need to transition to a low-carbon society and economy by 2050. The authors interrogate the dominant frames used for understanding this challenge and the predominant policy approaches for achieving it. Highlighting the techno-optimism that informs our current understanding and policy options, Kirby and O’Mahony draw on the lessons of international development to situate the transition within a political economy framework. Assisted by thinking on future scenarios, they critically examine the range of pathways being implemented by both developed and developing countries, identifying the prevailing forms of climate capitalism led by technology. Based on evidence that this is inadequate to achieve a low-carbon and sustainable society, the authors identify an alternative approach. This advance emerges from community initiatives, discussions on postcapitalism and debates about wellbeing and degrowth. The re-positioning of society and environment at the core of development can be labelled “ecosocialism” – a concept which must be tempered against the conditions created by Trumpism and Brexit.

Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia


Author: C. Kuzemko,A. Belyi,A. Goldthau,M. Keating
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230370942
Category: Political Science
Page: 292
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Energy in Europe and Russia is in flux. This book presents a rich set of case studies for analyzing the complex and intertwined regional dynamics of multiple actors, levels, and policy fields in energy throughout Europe and Russia, with the aim of offering an alternative view to the prevalent geopolitical or neoliberal approaches.

The Solar Economy

Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future
Author: Hermann Scheer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136547614
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 368
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The global economy and our way of life are based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, which not only threaten massive environmental and social disruption through global warming but, at present rates of consumption, will run out within decades, causing huge industrial dislocation and economic collapse. Even before then, the conflicts it causes in the Middle East and elsewhere will be frighteningly exacerbated. The alternative exists: renewable energy from renewable sources - above all, solar. Substituting renewable for fossil resources will take a new industrial revolution to avert the worst of the damage and establish a new international order. It can be done, and it can be done in time. The Solar Economy, by one of the world's most effective analysts and advocates, lays out the blueprints, showing how the political, economic and technological challenges can be met using indigenous, renewable and universally available resources, and the enormous opportunities and benefits that will flow from doing so.