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Low Carbon Politics

A Cultural Approach Focusing on Low Carbon Electricity, 1st Edition

By David Toke


182 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Low Carbon Politics focuses on how policies and institutions have influenced the deployment of renewable energy and nuclear power in the electricity sector. Cultural theory is used to analyse this.

Egalitarian pressures have had a profound influence on technological outcomes, not merely in securing the deployment of renewable energy but also in increasing the costs of nuclear power. Whereas in the 1970s it might have been expected that individualist, market based pressures allied to dominant hierarchies would deliver nuclear power as the main response to problems associated with fossil fuels, a surprising combination has emerged. Egalitarian and individualist pressures are, together, leading to increasing levels of deployment of renewable energy. This work finds that electricity monopolies tend to favour nuclear power whereas competitive arrangements are more likely to lead to more renewable energy being deployed. It covers developments in a number of countries including USA, UK, China, South Africa and also Germany and Denmark.

This book will be of great relevance to students, academics and policymakers with an interest in energy policy, low carbon politics and climate change.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Setting out cultural theory

Chapter 3 - Culture, Ecology and Energy

Chapter 4 - Science, Climate Politics and Cultural Bias

Chapter 5 - The importance of egalitarianism

Chapter 6 - The USA

Chapter 7 - The UK

Chapter 8 - China

Chapter 9 - South Africa

Chapter 10 - Conclusion

About the Author

David Toke is a Reader in Energy Politics at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He has written 50 papers in refereed journals and is author of seven books, including China’s Role in Reducing Carbon Emissions. He has been a Principal or co-investigator of a number of funded projects resourced by the EU, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and British Academy.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Energy Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy

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