Book Chapter by CIED Researcher


New Chapter ‘Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources’

New book chapter on the politics of South Africa’s energy procurement written by Dr Lucy Baker, Researcher, the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) and Jesse Burton, the Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town.

This book chapter is part of the edited volume ‘Handbook on the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources’, published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

The chapter looks at electricity procurement and governance in South Africa’s low carbon transition. The authors argue that decarbonising the electricity system involves a combination of instruments and needs a more nuanced analysis of the political economy of electricity. Read more on the CIED website…

Abstract – Edward Elgar Publishing Website

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.

The original contributions analyse energy as a highly complex, interconnected policy area, including how energy markets and regimes are constituted and the governance institutions that are being designed to challenge existing establishments. A number of contributors focus on intersections between energy and other policy fields or sectors, or nexes. These include the climate change, energy and low carbon transitions nexus; the food, water and forestry nexus; the energy, resources and development nexus; and the global–national–local nexus in energy. Significantly, this Handbook ties the contributions together by exploring opportunities for sustainable transitions and avoiding resource scarcity whilst taking other social needs, such as development, into account.

Further information about the book is available on the Edward Elgar Publishing website.
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