Book
The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions

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The 21st Conference of the Parties (CoP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) shifted the nature of the political economy challenge associated with achieving a global emissions trajectory that is consistent with a stable climate. The shifts generated by CoP21 place country decision-making and country policies at centre stage. Under moderately optimistic assumptions concerning the vigour with which CoP21 objectives are pursued, nearly every country will attempt to design and implement the most promising and locally relevant policies for achieving their agreed contribution to global mitigation. These policies will vary dramatically across countries as they embark on an unprecedented era of policy experimentation in driving a clean energy transition. 

This book steps into this new world of broad-scale and locally relevant policy experimentation. The chapters focus on the political economy of clean energy transition with an emphasis on specific issues encountered in both developed and developing countries. The authors contribute a broad diversity of experience drawn from all major regions of the world, representing a compendium of what has been learned from recent initiatives, mostly (but not exclusively) at country level, to reduce GHG emissions. As this new era of experimentation dawns, their contributions are both relevant and timely.

Table of contents
  1. 1. Introduction and Synthesis
    Douglas Arent, Channing Arndt, Mackay Miller, Finn Tarp and Owen Zinaman
  2. 2. The history and politics of energy transitions: Comparing contested views and finding common ground
    Benjamin K. Sovacool
  3. 3. Carbon pricing under political Constraints: insights for accelerating clean energy transitions
    Jesse D. Jenkins and Valerie J. Karplus
    More Working Paper | Carbon pricing under binding political constraints
  4. 4. Border adjustment mechanisms: Elements for economic, legal, and political analysis
    Julien Bueb, Lilian Richieri Hanania and Alice Le Clézio
    More Working Paper | Border adjustment mechanisms
  5. 5. Support policies for renewables: Instrument choice and instrument change from a public choice perspective
    Erik Gawel, Sebastian Strunz and Paul Lehmann
    More Working Paper | Support policies for renewables
  6. 6. Varieties of clean energy transitions in Europe: Political-economic foundations of onshore and offshore wind development
    Stefan Ćetković, Aron Buzogány and Miranda Schreurs
    More Working Paper | Varieties of clean energy transitions in Europe
  7. 7. The political economy of energy innovation
    Shouro Dasgupta, Enrica De Cian and Elena Verdolini
    More Working Paper | The political economy of energy innovation
  8. 8. Is feed-in-tariff policy effective for increasing deployment of renewable energy in Indonesia?
    Dewi Yuliani
    More Working Paper | Is feed-in-tariff policy effective for increasing deployment of renewable energy in Indonesia?
  9. 9. Do political economy factors matter in explaining the increase in the production of bioenergy?
    Éric Nazindigouba Ke
  10. 10. Understanding indicator choice for the assessment of RD&D financing of low-carbon energy technologies: Lessons from the Nordic countries
    Jonas Sonnenschein
  11. 11. An inquiry into the political economy of the global clean energy transition policies and Nigeria's federal and state governments' fiscal policies
    David Onyinyechi and Evelyn Nwamaka Ogbeide-Osaretin
    More Working Paper | An Inquiry into Cities and Their Role in Subnational Economic Growth in South Africa
  12. 12. Governing clean energy transitions in China and India
    Karoliina Isoaho, Alexandra Goritz and Nicolai Schulz
    More Working Paper | Governing clean energy transitions in China and India
  13. 13. Towards a political economy framework for wind power: Does China break the mould?
    Michael R. Davidson, Fredrich Kahrl and Valerie J. Karplus
  14. 14. The social shaping of nuclear energy technology in South Africa
    Britta Rennkamp and Radhika Bhuyan
    More Working Paper | The social shaping of nuclear energy technology in South Africa
  15. 15. European energy security: challenges and green opportunities
    Almas Heshmati and Shahrouz Abolhosseini
    More Working Paper | European energy security
  16. 16. Incumbancy and the legal configuration of hydrocarbon infrastructure
    Ross Astoria
  17. 17. Global trends in the political economy of smart grids
    Cherrelle Eid, Rudi Hakvoort and Martin de Jong
  18. 18. Falling oil prices and sustainable energy transition: Towards a multilateral agreement on fossil-fuel subsidies
    Henok Birhanu Asmelash
    More Working Paper | Falling oil prices and sustainable energy transition
  19. 19. Post-apartheid electricity policy and the emergence of South Africa's renewable energy sector
    Lucy Baker
    More Working Paper | Post-apartheid electricity policy and the emergence of South Africa’s renewable energy sector
  20. 20. Political economy of Nigerian power sector reform
    Eric Kehinde Ogunleye
    More Working Paper | Political economy of Nigerian power sector reform
  21. 21. Climate change policy and power sector reform in Mexico under the golden age of gas
    José María Valenzuela and Isabel Studer
  22. 22. Sell the oil deposits!: A financial proposal to keep the oil underground in the Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
    Santiago Bucaram, Mario Andrés Fernandez and Diego Grijalva
    More Working Paper | Sell the oil deposits!
  23. 23. Integrating clean energy use in national poverty reduction strategies: Opportunities and challenges in Rwanda's Girinka programme
    Chika Ezeanya and Abel Kennedy
    More Working Paper | Integrating clean energy use in national poverty reduction strategies
  24. 24. Renewable energy in the Brazilian Amazon: the drivers of political economy and climate
    Sabrina McCormick
    More Working Paper | Renewable energy in the Brazilian Amazon
  25. 25. The political economy of household thermal energy choices in developing countries: comparing the LPG sectors in Indonesia and South Africa
    Wikus Kruger
  26. 26. The linkages of energy, water, and land use in Southeast Asia: Challenges and opportunities for the Mekong region
    Kim Hang Pham Do and Ariel Dinar
  27. 27. The political economy of clean energy transitions at sub-national level: Understanding the role of international climate regimes in energy policy in two Brazilian states
    Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira and Celio Andrade
  28. 28. Implementing EU renewable energy policy at the subnational level: navigating between conflicting interests
    Gilles Lepesant
    More Working Paper | Implementing EU renewable energy policy at the subnational level
  29. 29. Moving forward
    Douglas Arent, Channing Arndt, Mackay Miller, Finn Tarp and Owen Zinaman
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