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The Political Economy of Coal
Obstacles to Clean Energy Transitions



ISBN 9780367491024
Published February 2, 2022 by Routledge
364 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 40 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.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution- Non Commercial- No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The political economy of coal  PART I: Countries phasing out coal  2. Late and expensive: The political economy of coal phase-out in Germany  3. The political economy of coal in Bulgaria: The silent phase-out  4. Positioned for consensus: Market-based approaches, civil society and the role of the state in Chile’s coal phase-out  5. Political economy of climate and energy policies in the United Kingdom  6. Unraveling the political economy of coal: Insights from the United States  PART II: Established coal users  7. The political economy of coal: The case of China  8. The political economy of coal in India: Evidence from expert interviews  9. Exploring the political economy of coal: Insights from Turkey  PART III: Countries phasing in coal  10. Competing energy visions in Kenya: The political economy of coal  11. Conglomerates and the Department of Energy promote coal development in the Philippines  12. Unraveling the political economy of coal: Insights from Vietnam  PART IV: Coal exporters  13. Mining a fractured landscape: The political economy of coal in Australia  14. The political economy of coal in light of climate and mineral-energy policies: A case study from Colombia  15. Coal, power and coal-powered politics in Indonesia  16. The political economy of energy and climate policy in South Africa  17. The politics of coal: Lessons learnt from 15 country cases

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Biography

Michael Jakob is a senior fellow at the Ecologic Institute and a fellow at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Germany.

Jan C. Steckel is head of the Working Group “Climate and Development” at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Germany, and Chair of Climate- and Development Economics at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) in Cottbus.

Reviews

"The Political Economy of Coal is a cogent comparative analysis of coal policies and output trends worldwide, using a comparative statics supply-demand political economy framework. It groups countries into four distinct categories, across which forces driving moves toward or away from coal differ. It illuminates important issues and could point the way toward identifying strategies that internal or external actors could use to reduce coal use and emissions." Robert O. Keohane, Professor Emeritus, School of International and Public Affairs, Princeton University, USA