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Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World

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"Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World investigates the relationship between the emergence of a multipolar world order and the enormous challenges with regard to global energy governance the world is facing in the 21st century. Multipolarity means that a number of important states have significantly more economic and political clout than others, but among them there is hardly any hierarchy. Multipolarity will inevitably mark and determine the 21st-century global governance architecture." The new energy challenge, with its intricate socio-economic, ecological and international-political dimensions, is a multidimensional, multi-level and multi-actor issue that requires a minimum of "central" political steering, because neither the invisible hand of the market, nor unilateral or bilateral power politics are capable of bringing about sustainable solutions. This book reflects on more fundamental questions such as how the main consuming countries can avoid conflict over scarce resources, and how they will cooperate to bring about open energy markets, energy conservation and efficiency, and massively promote renewables.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754677239
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Series: Global Environmental Governance Series
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

1 Introduction 1

Pt. I Global Energy Governance Today

2 The Global Energy Challenge 15

3 Blueprint for a Global Sustainable Energy Regime 37

4 The Institutional Landscape of Global Energy Governance 51

Pt. II Bringing in Multipolarity

5 Major Power Concerts and Global Energy Governance 75

6 The Players of the Multipolar Energy Game 91

7 The G8's Track Record in Global Energy Governance 127

Pt. III Conclusions

8 G8 Leadership in Global Energy Governance: An Evaluation 147

9 Prospects for Energy Cooperation in a Multipolar World 177

Bibliography 187

Index 213

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