The governance of clean energy in India: the clean development mechanism (CDM) and domestic energy politics

Phillips, Jon and Newell, Peter (2013) The governance of clean energy in India: the clean development mechanism (CDM) and domestic energy politics. Energy Policy, 59. pp. 654-662. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which clean energy is being governed in India. It does so in order to improve our understanding of the potential and limitations of carbon finance in supporting lower carbon energy transitions, and to strengthen our appreciation of the role of politics in enabling or frustrating such endeavors. In particular we emphasize the importance of politics and the nature of India's political economy in understanding the development of energy sources and technologies defined as ‘clean’ both by the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and leading international actors. By considering the broad range of institutions that exert formal and informal political influence over how the benefits and costs of the CDM are distributed, the paper highlights shortcomings in the narrow way in which CDM governance has been conceptualized to date. This approach goes beyond analysis of technocratic aspects of governance – often reduced to a set of institutional design issues – in order to appreciate the political nature of the trade-offs that characterize debates about India's energy future and the relations of power which will determine how, and on whose terms, they are resolved.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
Depositing User: Peter Newell
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 07:05
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 04:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50458

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