The political economy of energy transitions: the case of South Africa

Baker, Lucy, Newell, Peter and Phillips, Jon (2014) The political economy of energy transitions: the case of South Africa. New Political Economy, 19 (6). pp. 791-818. ISSN 1356-3467

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This paper explores the political economy of energy transition in South Africa. An economic model based around a powerful ‘minerals-energy complex’ that has previously been able to provide domestic and foreign capital with cheap and plentiful coal-generated electricity is no longer economically or environmentally sustainable. The paper analyses the struggle over competing energy visions, infrastructures and political agendas in order to generate insights into the governance and financing of clean energy transitions in South Africa. It provides both a rich empirical account of key policy developments aimed at enabling such a transition and provides reflections on how best to theorise the contested politics of energy transitions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > JA0071 Theory. Relation to other subjects
Depositing User: Peter Newell
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 16:12
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 13:51

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