Title

Who governs energy? The challenges facing global energy governance

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2009

Abstract

This article conceptualizes the energy problems facing society from a global governance perspective. It argues that a notion of "global energy governance," taken to mean international collective action efforts undertaken to manage and distribute energy resources and provide energy services, offers a meaningful and useful framework for assessing energy-related challenges. The article begins by exploring the concepts of governance, global governance, and global energy governance. It then examines some of the existing institutions in place to establish and carry out rules and norms governing global energy problems and describes the range of institutional design options available to policymakers. It briefly traces the role of a selection of these institutions, from inter-governmental organizations to summit processes to multilateral development banks to global action networks, in responding to energy issues, and points out their strengths and weaknesses. The article concludes by analyzing how the various approaches to global governance differ in their applicability to addressing the conundrums of global energy problems.

Keywords

Global governance, Energy governance, Energy policy

Discipline

Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Energy Policy

Volume

37

Issue

12

First Page

5239

Last Page

5248

ISSN

0301-4215

Identifier

10.1016/j.enpol.2009.07.039

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2009.07.039

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