The uniqueness of the energy security, justice, and governance problem

Goldthau, Andreas and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2012) The uniqueness of the energy security, justice, and governance problem. Energy Policy, 41. pp. 232-240. ISSN 0301-4215

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This article argues that among all policy fields exhibiting externalities of a global scale, energy stands out on four dimensions: vertical complexity, horizontal complexity, higher entailed costs, and stronger path dependency. These structural attributes are at odds with contemporary key challenges of energy security, energy justice, and low carbon energy transition. With regard to the latter, energy governance challenges occur related to unclear levels of authority and weak resilience. This has implications for energy scholarship, specifically relating to the political economy of energy transitions, discussions about common pool resources, systems analysis, and other neighboring disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 08:37
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 15:31
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