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The Political Economy of Coal
Obstacles to Clean Energy Transitions



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ISBN 9780367491024
February 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume provides an overview of the political economy of coal in diverse country contexts.

Coal is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions globally, accounting for about forty percent of energy-related CO2-emissions. Continued construction of coal-fired power plants could make the climate targets of the Paris Agreement infeasible to achieve. In spite of sharply declining costs for renewable energy sources, many countries still heavily rely on coal to meet their energy demand. The predominance of coal can only be adequately understood in light of the political factors that determine energy policy formulation. To this end, this edited volume assembles a wide variety of case studies exploring the political economy of coal for across the globe. These includes industrial and developing nations, coal importers and exporters as well as countries that are either substantial coal users, are just beginning to ramp up their capacities, or have already initiated a coal-phase out. Importantly, all case studies are structured along a unifying framework that focuses on the central actors driving energy policy formulation, their main objectives as well as the context that determines to what extent they can influence policy making. This large set of comparable studies will permit drawing conclusions regarding key similarities as well as differences driving coal use in different countries.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of energy, climate change, resource management and sustainable development. It will also appeal to practitioners and policymakers involved in sustainable development.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The political economy of coal
Michael Jakob and Jan C. Steckel

PART I: Countries phasing out coal

2. Late and expensive: The political economy of coal phase-out in Germany
Lukas Hermwille and Dagmar Kiyar

3. The political economy of coal in Bulgaria: The silent phase-out
Toma Pavlov

4. Positioned for consensus: Market-based approaches, civil society and the role of the state in Chile’s coal phase-out
Paelina DeStephano, Beatriz Hernandez Perez, Claudio Huepe Minoletti, Thomas Klug and Victoria Plutshack

5. Political economy of climate and energy policies in the United Kingdom
Nora Stognief, Paula Walk and Pao-Yu Oei

6. Unraveling the political economy of coal: Insights from the United States
Jiaqi Lu and Gregory Nemet

PART II: Established coal users

7. The political economy of coal: The case of China
Cecilia Springer, Dinah Shi and Aaditee Kudrimoti

8. The political economy of coal in India: Evidence from expert interviews
Lorenzo Montrone, Nils Ohlendorf and Rohit Chandra

9. Exploring the political economy of coal: Insights from Turkey
Ceren Ayas and John Wiseman

PART III: Countries phasing in coal

10. Competing energy visions in Kenya: The political economy of coal
Sinem Ayhan and Thabit Jacob

11. Conglomerates and the Department of Energy promote coal development in the Philippines
Niccolò Manych and Michael Jakob

12. Unraveling the political economy of coal: Insights from Vietnam
Ira Irina Dorband, Michael Jakob and Jan C. Steckel

PART IV: Coal exporters

13. Mining a fractured landscape: The political economy of coal in Australia
Peter Christoff

14. The political economy of coal in light of climate and mineral-energy policies: A case study from Colombia
Lina María Puerto-Chaves and Felipe Corral-Montoya

15. Coal, power and coal-powered politics in Indonesia
Jose Antonio Ordonez, Michael Jakob, Jan C. Steckel and Anna Fünfgeld

16. The political economy of energy and climate policy in South Africa
Jonathan Hanto, Akira Schroth, Lukas Krawielicki, Pao-Yu Oei and Jesse Burton

17. The politics of coal: Lessons learnt from 15 country cases
Michael Jakob and Jan C. Steckel

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Biography

Michael Jakob is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Germany.

Jan C. Steckel heads the working group Climate and Development at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Germany.