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Baker, Lucy, Newell, Peter and Phillips, Jon (2014) 'The political economy of energy transitions: The case of South Africa.' New Political Economy, 19 (6). pp. 791-818.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 13563467
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in New Political Economy, 19 (6). pp. 791-818, published by Taylor and Francis. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 16:19
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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