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The Political Economy of Sustainable Energy Transitions

  • In the last two decades, studies that analyse the political economy of sustainable energy transitions have increasingly become available. Yet very few attempts have been made to synthesize the factors discussed in the growing literature. This paper reviews the extant empirical literature on the political economy of sustainable energy transitions. Using a well-defined search strategy, a total of 36 empirical contributions covering the period 2008 to 2022 are reviewed full text. Overall, the findings highlight the role of vested interest, advocacy coalitions and green constituencies, path dependency, external shocks, policy and institutional environment, political institutions and fossil fuel resource endowments as major political economy factors influencing sustainable energy transitions across both high income countries, and low and middle income countries. In addition, the paper highlights and discusses some critical knowledge gaps in the existing literature and provides suggestions for a future research agenda.

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Callistus Agbaam, Ana Maria Perez Arredondo, Kennedy Alatinga, Katja Bender
Subtitle (English):A Literature Review and A Research Agenda
Number of pages:III, 25
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2023/09/18
Funding:This research is part of the EnerSHelF project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the CLIENT II program (funding reference no: 03SF0567A-G).
Series (Volume):IZNE Working Paper Series (Nr. 23/3)
Keyword:Decarbonization; High income countries; Low and middle income countries; Political Economy; Sustainable energy transition
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Projects:CLIENT II - Verbundvorhaben EnerSHelf: Energieversorgung für Gesundheitseinrichtungen in Ghana; Teilvorhaben Entwicklung und Analyse technischer Lösungen im länderspezifischen politisch-ökonomischen Kontext (DE/BMBF/03SF0567A)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 333.7 Natürliche Ressourcen, Energie und Umwelt
Series:IZNE Working Paper Series
Entry in this database:2023/09/18
Licence (Multiple languages):License LogoIn Copyright (Urheberrechtsschutz)