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Essex, Stephen, Caprotti, Federico, de Groot, Jiska, Phillips, Jon, Baker, Lucy, Wolpe, Peta and Reddy, Yachika (2023) 'The ‘capability’ of South African energy governance to deliver urban sustainable transitions.' Urban Research and Practice. (Forthcoming)

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Critical to the trajectory and outcome of urban sustainable energy transitions is the ability of government institutions to foster conditions for change and innovation. In this paper, a theoretical perspective combining state power and local governance capability is used as a lens to examine the transition of the energy system in South Africa based on semi-structured interviews with a range of relevant stakeholders, supplemented by analysis of published academic and policy literature. The discussion highlights uneven transitional pathways across the country caused by variations in ‘capability’, together with continuing conflicting interests within the system which require more politically-informed policy processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Urban sustainable energy transitions; governance; South Africa; institutional capability; political power
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 17535069
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Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2023 11:41
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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