States, markets, and institutions: integrating international political economy and global energy politics

Van de Graaf, Thijs, Sovacool, Benjamin K, Ghosh, Arunabha, Kern, Florian and Klare, Michael T (2016) States, markets, and institutions: integrating international political economy and global energy politics. In: Van de Graaf, Thijs, Sovacool, Benjamin, Ghosh, Arunabha, Kern, Florian and Klare, Michael T. (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of the international political economy of energy. Palgrave handbooks in IPE . Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 3-44. ISBN 9781137556318

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Abstract

Perhaps not since the 1970s has energy policy, technology, and security been so intensely discussed as today. Whether it is the race for energy resources in the Arctic, roller-coaster oil prices, the transition toward low carbon sources of energy, or concerns over nuclear safety, energy continues to make international headlines. Today’s pressing energy challenges have opened up an incredibly vast research agenda. Sadly, political scientists and other social scientists have lagged behind their colleagues from science, engineering, and economics in addressing these issues. While some researchers directed their focus to energy matters and, especially, oil during the turbulent era of the oil shocks, the attention was short-lived. Only recently, after two decades of relative neglect, have political scientists began to rediscover energy as a major area of inquiry (Hughes and Lipscy 2013; Falkner 2014). Given the sheer magnitude, social pervasiveness, policy salience, and long-term nature of today’s energy problems, their interest is likely to persist.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Research Centres and Groups: The Sussex Energy Group
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Florian Kern
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 14:14
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 14:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63808
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