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The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Edited By Lucky E. Asuelime, Andrew Emmanuel Okem Copyright 2018
    ISBN 9780367888527
    200 Pages
    Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge

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    A deepening ecological crisis is rearing its head in sub-Saharan Africa, as it faces a myriad of challenges in regards to the development of its energy sector. The ‘dirty now and clean up later’ approach to the environment has a strong appeal, particularly because it is often thought of as the last place to try to edge in another priority - especially if that priority is perceived by many to be an economic luxury.

    Asuelime and Okem bring together a team of specialist contributors who investigate to what extent sub-Saharan Africa has displayed foresight or politico-economic integrity. The book shows that the state’s ability to meet the demands of provision of energy in sub-Saharan Africa has led to heavy investments in infrastructure, transmission and distribution of energy to the citizens. However, the inefficiencies, corruption and unhealthy bureaucratic challenges that accompany this have led to urgent problems, which are thoroughly explored in this book.

    The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa will be of interest to students and scholars of African Studies, Development Studies, political science and environment.

    Part I: Introduction

    1. Expanding the Frontiers of the Political Economy of Sub-Sahara Africa’s Energy

    Part II: Theories and Concepts

    2. Deliberative Theory and the Politics of the Natural Resource Economy in Southern Africa

    3. In Pursuit of Pro-Poor Development in Ghana: Is Accessible, Affordable and Reliable Energy Supply the Missing Link

    4. Ecological Social Work: Reconnoitering Socio-Cultural and Socio-Political Patterned Ecological Conservation Awareness and Benefits at the Big 5 False Bay Municipality

    Part III: Sustainable Energy, Land and Food Security

    5. Global Energy Demand and its Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa

    6. Governance Institutions for Sustainable Energy Resources Management in Nigeria: Issues, Perspectives and Policy Agenda for Action

    7. The Political Economy of Gendered Relationships and the Land Use Interaction between Natural Resources and Human Agency in Zimbabwe

    8. Degradation and Climate Change: Implications for sustainable energy supply in Zambia

    Part IV: The Political Economy of Oil and Coal in Nigeria

    9. Nigerian Coal Industry: Focus on Effects of Under-utilization to the Economy, 1909-2015

    10. Exploring the Political Economy of Fuel Subsidy in Nigeria

    11. The Impact of Oil Exploration and Exploitation in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

    Part V: Conclusion

    12. The Political Economy of Oil, Clean Energy and Environmental Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons for the Future


    Lucky E. Asuelime, School of Governance, Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Okem Andrew Emmanuel, Maurice Webb Race Relation Unit School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.



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