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Political economies of energy transition: wind and solar power in Brazil and South Africa

Hochstetler, Kathryn ORCID: 0000-0003-2960-058X (2020) Political economies of energy transition: wind and solar power in Brazil and South Africa. Business and Public Policy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781108843843

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781108920353


Global climate solutions depend on low-carbon energy transitions in developing countries, but little is known about how those will unfold. Examining the transitions of Brazil and South Africa, Hochstetler reveals how choices about wind and solar power respond to four different constellations of interests and institutions, or four simultaneous political economies of energy transition. The political economy of climate change set Brazil and South Africa on different tracks, with South Africa's coal-based electricity system fighting against an existential threat. Since deforestation dominates Brazil's climate emissions, climate concerns were secondary there for electricity planning. Both saw significant mobilization around industrial policy and cost and consumption issues, showing the importance of economic considerations for electricity choices in emerging economies. Host communities resisted Brazilian wind power, but accepted other forms. Hochstetler argues that national energy transition finally depends on the intersection of these political economies, with South Africa illustrating a politicized transition mode and Brazil presenting a bureaucracy-dominant one.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2020 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2024 02:15

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