Energy, Climate and the Environment

The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance

Authors: Van de Graaf, Thijs

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Thijs Van de Graaf traces the history of international energy governance from the notorious 'Seven Sisters' oil-companies cartel to the recent creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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"Thijs Van de Graaf has written a fascinating analytical narrative of the international energy regime complex, with systematic and illuminating analysis of sources of change and continuity as a basis for policy recommendations about institutional design. The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance is a valuable contribution to our understanding of how regime complexes change as well as a perceptive study of global energy politics." - Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University, USA

'A cogent and much needed book for anybody interested in understanding how the global energy system functions politically and institutionally. It richly explores topics as diverse as oil security, renewable energy, energy poverty, electricity reliability, and the contours of the International Energy Agency and G20. A good read that will remain on my shelf for years to come.' - Benjamin K. Sovacool, Vermont Law School, USA

"Thijs Van de Graaf's book offers an insightful, rich and compelling analysis of the historical evolution and current fragmentation of the architecture of global energy governance, covering most major institutions, including the new International Renewable Energy Agency. This book is highly recommended for all scholars and students of global energy governance, climate politics, and the emergence and interplay of international organizations." - Frank Biermann, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

'This book is likely to be of interest primarily to academic readers: it discusses the need to look at the 'regime complex' clustering analysis around different activities and institutions which overlap problems. It discusses in mainly theoretical terms the processes which generate new institutions, and the interests of powerful countries able to shape those processes. These interests may determine the balance of advantage between incurring the costs and difficulties of setting up new institutions, and the struggle necessary to reform the institutions which exist already and to develop effective links between them.' - International Affairs

"Thijs Van de Graaf's analysis of this system of institutions and other governance mechanisms the global energy regime complex suggests that its overall architecture is inadequate to provide energy security, combat energy poverty, support environmental sustainability. He develops and applies an analytical framework and provides a compelling explanation for the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2009, outside of extant global energy architecture defined by the International Energy Agency (IEA) rather than within it. Of greater relevance here, the framework suggests a scheme for understanding when to abandon existing institutions and begin again." - Global Environmental Politics

'Van de Graaf's book provides a comprehensive overview of the field, makes persuasive causal arguments about institutional choices, and draws from those arguments highly relevant policy prescriptions. The book should be a starting point for everyone thinking about how to solve energy problems in the 21st century.' - Carbon & Climate Law Review

'Van de Graaf's book should be required reading for anyone interested in energy governance. [ ] In a brief, well-written and extremely accessible 166 pages, [it] provides a comprehensive overview of the field, makes persuasive causal arguments about institutional choices, and draws from those arguments highly relevant policy prescriptions. The book should be a starting point for everyone thinking about how to solve energy problems in the 21st century.' - Carbon & Climate Law Review

'The book is highly recommended to scholars and researchers in energy and governance issues, energy policy makers in governments, energy practitioners including energy lawyers, as well as anyone interested in the energy-climate change nexus or in learning about what has shaped global energy politics and economics.' -Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law


Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance
Authors
Series Title
Energy, Climate and the Environment
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32073-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137320735
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32072-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45782-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 190
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