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The Political Economy of Energy Transitions: The Case of South Africa

The Political Economy of Energy Transitions: The Case of South Africa This paper explores the political economy of energy transition in South Africa. An economic model based around a powerful ‘minerals-energy complex’ that has previously been able to provide domestic and foreign capital with cheap and plentiful coal-generated electricity is no longer economically or environmentally sustainable. The paper analyses the struggle over competing energy visions, infrastructures and political agendas in order to generate insights into the governance and financing of clean energy transitions in South Africa. It provides both a rich empirical account of key policy developments aimed at enabling such a transition and provides reflections on how best to theorise the contested politics of energy transitions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Political Economy Taylor & Francis

The Political Economy of Energy Transitions: The Case of South Africa

New Political Economy , Volume 19 (6): 28 – Nov 2, 2014
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1469-9923
eISSN
1356-3467
DOI
10.1080/13563467.2013.849674
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Abstract

This paper explores the political economy of energy transition in South Africa. An economic model based around a powerful ‘minerals-energy complex’ that has previously been able to provide domestic and foreign capital with cheap and plentiful coal-generated electricity is no longer economically or environmentally sustainable. The paper analyses the struggle over competing energy visions, infrastructures and political agendas in order to generate insights into the governance and financing of clean energy transitions in South Africa. It provides both a rich empirical account of key policy developments aimed at enabling such a transition and provides reflections on how best to theorise the contested politics of energy transitions.

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New Political EconomyTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 2, 2014

Keywords: energy politics; transitions; South Africa; governance; climate change

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