Germany's Energy Transition

A Comparative Perspective

Editors: Hager, Carol, Stefes, Christoph H. (Eds.)

  • Offers the first comprehensive analysis of Germany's path-breaking transition from nuclear to renewable energy
  • Elaborates on the international comparison of energy transitions
  • Provides readers with an up-to-date and comprehensive review of the challenges and the potential of a sustainable energy future 
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This book analyzes Germany's path-breaking Energiewende, the country's transition from an energy system based on fossil and nuclear fuels to a sustainable energy system based on renewables. The authors explain Germany's commitment to a renewable energy transition on multiple levels of governance, from the local to the European, focusing on the sources of institutional change that made the transition possible. They then place the German case in international context through comparative case studies of energy transitions in the USA, China, and Japan. These chapters highlight the multifaceted challenges, and the enormous potential, in different paths to a sustainable energy future. Taken together, they tell the story of one of the most important political, economic, and social undertakings of our time. 

About the authors

Carol Hager is Professor of Political Science on the Clowes Professorship in Science & Public Policy at Bryn Mawr College, USA. She is author of Technological Democracy: Bureaucracy and Citizenry in the German Energy Debate (Michigan 1995) and co-editor of NIMBY is Beautiful: Cases of Local Activism and Environmental Innovation Around the World (Berghahn 2015).

Christoph H. Stefes is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado Denver, USA. He is author of Understanding Post-Soviet Transitions (Palgrave 2006) and several articles on energy transitions (German Politics, Energy Policy, Journal of Public Policy).

Reviews

“Germany’s Energy Transition will surely become required reading for anyone questioning how nations can achieve their ambitious commitments to decarbonize their economies after the 2015 Paris Accords. The lessons learned from the world’s leading national energy transition underway today, and the like prospects for transitions in the U.S., Japan, and China, are cogently presented. The book is unusually accessible to the informed lay audience, while equally valuable to students of comparative politics and energy policy.” (Dan Mazmanian, Professor of Public Policy, University of Southern California, USA)

“A tour de force written by some of the world's top energy transition experts. With its global perspective, the book puts Germany's efforts into an international context, offering crucial insights even to already knowledgeable readers. There's something interesting here for everyone.” (Craig Morris, Director, Petite Planète, Germany)

“Controversial and often misunderstood, the Energiewende harbors a compelling vision: that even a heavily industrialized economy like Germany can thrive without relying on fossil fuels and nuclear power for its energy needs. This book sheds light on the complex societal consensus underlying the energy transition, and highlights the conditions of modernization against entrenched interests and path-dependent institutions. Its accessible style and comparative outlook offer valuable insights for all those looking to learn from the German experience.” (Michael Mehling, Executive Director, MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Grassroots Origins of the German Energy Transition

    Hager, Carol

    Pages 1-26

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  • Why Subnational Actors Matter: The Role of Länder and Municipalities in the German Energy Transition

    Schönberger, Philipp (et al.)

    Pages 27-61

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  • Critical Junctures and the German Energiewende

    Stefes, Christoph H.

    Pages 63-89

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  • The German Energiewende in a European Context

    Schreurs, Miranda A.

    Pages 91-110

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  • Avoiding Transitions, Layering Change: The Evolution of American Energy Policy

    Laird, Frank N.

    Pages 111-131

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eBook 69,99 €
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Hardcover 90,94 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-44287-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Germany's Energy Transition
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Perspective
Editors
  • Carol Hager
  • Christoph H. Stefes
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44288-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44288-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44287-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 235
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