The Political Economy of Energy Transitions: The Case of South Africa
|Title||The Political Economy of Energy Transitions: The Case of South Africa|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Baker, L, Newell, P, Phillips, J|
|Journal||New Political Economy|
|Keywords||climate change, energy politics, governance, South Africa, Transitions|
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.