The Political Economy of Sustainable Energy

The Political Economy of Sustainable Energy

Paperback Energy, Climate and the Environment

By (author) Catherine Mitchell

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 216mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230241727
  • ISBN 13: 9780230241725
  • Illustrations note: 4 tables, 4 figures
  • Sales rank: 778,320

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Climate change is a local, national and global challenge. This book analyses the extent to which the UK's current political paradigm is capable of meeting the challenges of climate change. It argues that it is unlikely that the UK's energy policy will be able to deliver sufficient change to enable a move to a sustainable energy economy unless there are fundamental changes to the way that governments take decisions and make policies. A leading scholar in the field, Catherine Mitchell argues that the political paradigm leads to energy policy decisions made on the basis of narrow market and economic analyses. Only when the complexity of the energy system is recognized and energy policies are implemented as a result of a broader 'system' based analysis of economic, technological, institutional and social factors is there any chance of a successful shift to a sustainable energy system. Placing the UK in comparative perspective, Catherine Mitchell argues for a new way of approaching policy towards energy and sustainability.

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CATHERINE MITCHELL is Professor of Energy Policy at Exeter University, UK, and has worked in the energy arena for over twenty years. She has advised governments and NGOs around the world. She was International Advisor to the New Zealand Government for the country's Energy Strategy and National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, and has been involved in numerous EU projects in the field of sustainable energy and public policy.

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'...Mitchell...knows how to clearly set out complicated issues. Her arguments are well thought out, passionate and exciting...The publication of her book is very timely...'- Power UK (Platts) '...Mitchell has done an excellent job of distilling the torrent of Government pronouncements and an immense amount of research into a meaningful and manageable volume. More than that, she has made sense of the tensions between short and long term decisions which Governments face.'- Colin Axon, Energy Group Newsletter

Table of contents

Breaking Free of the Band of Iron The Regulatory State Paradigm -- and Its Challenges The Difficulty of Delivering the 'Right' Change Quickly Enough Preferable Intervention -- The Pursuit of Nuclear Power Renewable Energy in the UK Markets and Networks -- Pure Paradigm and Effect New Zealand as a Case Study Examining European Political Paradigms Just-do-it: Solutions, Opportunities and Realities