Fossil fuel subsidy reform, rent management and political fragmentation in developing countries

Lockwood, Matthew (2015) Fossil fuel subsidy reform, rent management and political fragmentation in developing countries. New Political Economy, 20 (4). pp. 475-494. ISSN 1356-3467

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Abstract

Over the last decade, pressure to reduce subsidies for energy (especially fossil fuels) in developing countries has mounted, but reform is politically controversial. The debate on reform is dominated by a liberal narrative that employs an understanding of energy subsidies as political rent, based on public choice theory. Here, it is argued that this approach takes too static and limited a view of rent, and that engagement with theories of the state in the development process suggests a more dynamic view. The degree of centralisation of political power is also argued to be a key factor in the use and reform of subsidy. This application of the framework is then illustrated in the case of Indonesia. Finally, implications for reform strategies are drawn out.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
Depositing User: Matthew Lockwood
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 10:10
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81824

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