The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy

The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy

edited by Thijs Van de Graaf, Benjamin K. Sovacool, Arunabha Ghosh, Florian Kern, and Michael T. Klare

Publisher: Palgrave
Published: September 2016.

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This Handbook is the first volume to analyse the International Political Economy, the who-gets-what-when-and-how, of global energy. Divided into five sections, it features 28 contributions that deal with energy institutions, trade, transitions, conflict and justice. The chapters span a wide range of energy technologies and markets – including oil and gas, biofuels, carbon capture and storage, nuclear, and electricity – and it cuts across the domestic-international divide. Long-standing issues in the IPE of energy such as the role of OPEC and the ‘resource curse’ are combined with emerging issues such as fossil fuel subsidies and carbon markets. IPE perspectives are interwoven with insights from studies on governance, transitions, security, and political ecology. The Handbook serves as a potent reminder that energy systems are as inherently political and economic as they are technical or technological, and demonstrates that the field of IPE has much to offer to studies of the changing world of energy.


1. States, Markets, and Institutions: Integrating International Political Economy and Global Energy Politics; Thijs Van de Graaf, Benjamin K. Sovacool, Arunabha Ghosh, Florian Kern, and Michael T. Klare

2. Actors, Institutions and Frames in Global Energy Politics; Thijs Van de Graaf and Fariborz Zelli
3. The Past, Present, and Future Role of OPEC
; Bassam Fattouh and Anupama Sen
4. Corporations, Civil Society, and Disclosure: A Case Study of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
; James Van Alstine and Nathan Andrews 
5. The UN, Energy and the Sustainable Development Goals
; Sylvia I. Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
6. The World Trade Organization’s Role in Global Energy Governance; Timothy Meyer

7. Clean Energy Trade Conflicts: The Political Economy of a Future Energy System; Arunabha Ghosh
8. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Energy, and Divestment; Rafael Leal-Arcas and Costantino Grasso
9. The International Oil and Gas Pricing Regimes; Ustina Markus
10. The Political Economy of Carbon Markets; Richard Lane and Peter Newell
11. The Politics and Governance of Energy Subsidies; Harro van Asselt and Jakob Skovgaard

12. Analysing Energy Transitions: Combining Insights from Transition Studies and International Political Economy; Florian Kern and Jochen Markard
13. Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration and Low-Carbon Energy Transitions: Explaining Limited Progress; James Gaede and James Meadowcroft
14. Democracy and Transitions: European Experiences of Policy Inclusiveness and Changes in the Electricity Industry; Mari Ratinen and Peter D. Lund
15. Second Life or Half-Life? The Contested Future of Nuclear Power and Its Potential Role in a Sustainable Energy Transition; M.V. Ramana
16. Decarbonizing Transport: What Role for Biofuels?; John A. Alic

17. No Blood for Oil? Hydrocarbon Abundance and International Security; Michael T. Klare
18. Do Countries Fight Over Oil?; Emily Meierding
19. Does Russia Have a Potent Gas Weapon?; James Henderson
20. Energy, Coercive Diplomacy, and Sanctions; Llewelyn Hughes and Eugene Gholz
21. The Resource Curse Puzzle Across Four Waves of Work; William Gochberg and Victor Menaldo

22. The Political Ecology and Justice of Energy; Benjamin K. Sovacool
23. The Political Ecology of Oil and Gas in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea: State, Petroleum, and Conflict in Nigeria; Michael Watts
24. Dispossession, Justice, and a Sustainable Energy Future; Majia Nadesan and Martin Pasqualetti
25. Energy and Global Production Networks; Dustin Mulvaney
26. Enclosure and Exclusion Within Emerging Forms of Energy Resource Extraction: Shale Fuels and Biofuels; Arielle Hesse , Jennifer Baka , and Kirby Calvert
27. The Political Economy of Energy Justice: A Nuclear Energy Perspective; Kirsten Jenkins , Raphael J. Heffron , and Darren McCauley
28. Energy Justice in Theory and Practice: Building a Pragmatic, Progressive Road Map; Mark Cooper

Reviews & Praise

“Energy is one of the most central elements of the global economy, and it is ubiquitous in the political relations between nations.  Yet the academic field of international political economy has focused erratically on only on a few niches of the energy system.   At last, scholars have a handbook that masterfully covers the full waterfront.  Van de Graaf and his colleagues give readers a tour of issues as diverse as the future of OPEC, cross-border investment, resource wars, climate change and the impacts of energy systems on social justice.  What remains to be done is for mainstream international political economy to give these topics more attention, and this book helps show how that can be done.” (David G. Victor, University of California at San Diego, USA)

“An excellent book on one of the most pressing issues of our time: energy. The Handbook is distinctive not only because of its international political economy orientation, but also because of its comprehensiveness. The editors have amassed an impressive range of international experts on the political economy of energy to create an invaluable teaching resource on the subject for many years to come.” (Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School, UK)

“After decades of neglect, international political economists have become active scholars on energy. The range and depth of that research is on display in this excellent Handbook which will serve as a great tool for PhD students as well as established scholars who want to understand the international political economy of energy.” (Kathleen J. Hancock, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado)

The Palgrave handbook, edited by leading scholars in this emerging field, comes at the right time to advance the debate and research agenda and to close an important gap in the recent literature… In contrast to most handbooks which review the existing literature and consolidate a new field by building walls and highlighting differences with other fields, the editors of this work opt for a very different approach… [The book] embarks on rich, open conversations, revealing the vast potential … for dialogue and fresh insights from combining IPE and energy studies.” (Andrea Prontera, University of Macerata)
International Affairs

“… this book represents an important contribution to the study of global energy policy. By bringing energy back into the field of IPE, it will prove an invaluable reference not only for scholars of energy seeking greater theoretical rigor, but also for policymakers who are often left grappling in the dark for the best way to manage energy at the global level given the lack of existing theories and concepts to turn to.“ (Christian Downie, Australian National University)
Global Policy

“… This Handbook brings together a very wide-ranging set of issues in the political economy of energy. It includes great state-of-the-art reviews of the literature in some areas. It brings together traditional topics in international energy relations with new and emerging questions, and also works in the political ecology dimension in a substantive way..“ (Matthew Lockwood, University of Exeter)
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions