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Conceptualizing Germany’s Energy Transition

Institutions, Materiality, Power, Space

Editors: Gailing, Ludger, Moss, Timothy (Eds.)

  • Brings together concepts in energy transitions research in one volume Situates these in the context of Germany's Energiewnede Engages with social scientific theories of space, power and materiality 
  • “This important book breaks new ground in theorising low carbon transitions, casting fresh conceptual light on the nature of energy transitions and their spatial, material and political dimensions.” (Harriet Bulkeley, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK)
  • “A theoretically grounded, concise and topical account of the spatial and infrastructural dynamics that accompany Germany’s momentous efforts to transform its energy sector towards a more climate-friendly future.” (Stefan Bouzarovski, Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy, University of Manchester, UK)
  • “This book is a great contribution, developing conceptual tools to better understand and analyze the socio-material entanglements shaping energy transitions.” (Harald Rohracher, Professor of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden)
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About this book

This is the first book to explore ways of conceptualizing Germany’s ongoing energy transition. Although widely acclaimed in policy and research circles worldwide, the Energiewende is poorly understood in terms of social science scholarship. There is an urgent need to delve beyond descriptive accounts of policy implementation and contestation in order to unpack the deeper issues at play in what has been termed a 'grand societal transformation.' The authors approach this in three ways: First, they select and characterize conceptual approaches suited to interpreting the reordering of institutional arrangements, socio-material configurations, power relations and spatial structures of energy systems in Germany and beyond. Second, they assess the value of these concepts in describing and explaining energy transitions, pinpointing their relative strengths and weaknesses and exploring areas of complementarity and incompatibility. Third, they illustrate how these concepts can be applied – individually and in combination – to enrich empirical research of Germany’s energy transition.  

About the authors

Ludger Gailing is deputy head of the research department of Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Germany. In his work he draws on concepts relating to governance and institutional theories, constructivist perspectives on space and place, governmentality and socio-materiality. Current research foci include energy transitions and landscape policies.

Timothy Moss is head of the research department of Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Germany. His research interests span the governance of urban infrastructures past and present, the spatial organization of water and energy and the institutional dynamics of resource use in cities and regions.        

Reviews

   

“This important book breaks new ground in theorising low carbon transitions, casting fresh conceptual light on the nature of energy transitions and their spatial, material and political dimensions.” (Harriet Bulkeley, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK)

“A theoretically grounded, concise and topical account of the spatial and infrastructural dynamics that accompany Germany’s momentous efforts to transform its energy sector towards a more climate-friendly future.” (Stefan Bouzarovski, Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy, University of Manchester, UK)

“This book is a great contribution, developing conceptual tools to better understand and analyze the socio-material entanglements shaping energy transitions.” (Harald Rohracher, Professor of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden) 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Moss, Timothy (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Germany’s Energiewende and the Spatial Reconfiguration of an Energy System

    Gailing, Ludger (et al.)

    Pages 11-20

  • Energy Transitions and Institutional Change: Between Structure and Agency

    Becker, Sören (et al.)

    Pages 21-41

  • Energy Transitions and Materiality: Between Dispositives, Assemblages and Metabolisms

    Moss, Timothy (et al.)

    Pages 43-68

  • Energy Transitions and Power: Between Governmentality and Depoliticization

    Bues, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 69-91

Buy this book

eBook £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50593-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50592-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conceptualizing Germany’s Energy Transition
Book Subtitle
Institutions, Materiality, Power, Space
Editors
  • Ludger Gailing
  • Timothy Moss
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50593-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50593-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50592-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 147
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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