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1st Edition

How Power Shapes Energy Transitions in Southeast Asia
A complex governance challenge

ISBN 9781138393479
Published September 27, 2018 by Routledge
266 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An understanding of the role of energy-related governance systems and the conditions required for a shift towards renewables in developing countries is urgently needed in order to tap into the global potential of low-carbon development. Although renewable energy sources have become technically feasible and economically viable, social and political factors continue to persist as the most critical obstacles for their dissemination.

How Power Shapes Energy Transitions in Southeast Asia conceptualizes power for the field of sustainable energy governance. Based on empirical findings from the Philippines and Indonesia, the book develops an analytical approach that incorporates power theory into a multi-level governance framework. The book begins with a profound background on renewable energy development around the world and presents major trends in development cooperation. A power-based multi-level governance approach is introduced that is rooted in development thinking. Examining how coordination and power relations shape the development and dissemination of renewable energy technologies, the book also shows how decentralization affects low carbon development in emerging economies.

Sparking debate on the ways in which energy transitions can be triggered and sustained in developing countries, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of renewable energy development and environmental politics and governance as well as practitioners in development cooperation.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction  
  2. Development cooperation for sustainable energy 
  3. Setting the scene: theory and analytical framework
  4. The Philippines
  5. Indonesia
  6. Conclusions

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Jens Marquardt is a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany and associated with the Environmental Policy Research Centre in Berlin. His main research interests include the links between social sciences and environmental technologies, the role of power and coordination in complex governance arrangements, development theory and sustainability transitions.