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Actors, Institutions and Frames in Global Energy Politics

  • Thijs Van de Graaf
  • Fariborz Zelli
  • Thijs Van de Graaf
  • Benjamin K. Sovacool
  • Florian Kern
  • Arunabha Ghosh
  • Michael T. Klar
Publishing year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 71-77
Publication/Series: Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy
Document type: Book chapter
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract english

The global political economy of energy is marked by a fragmentation of actors, institutions and frames. The goal of this chapter is to map and critically interpret this fragmented landscape of energy governance. First, it provides a deconstruction of the global energy challenge, arguing that the world does not face a singular energy problem but in fact multiple energy-related challenges. Which energy problem merits attention depends very much on the worldviews and values that one subscribes to. Second, the chapter argues that effective governance is needed to overcome the world’s energy challenges and it lays bare the fragmented nature of energy governance at the national, regional and global levels. Third, the chapter zooms into some of the relations between elements in this fragmented governance landscape, identifying the most prominent gaps, overlaps and interactions in global energy governance.


  • Political Science
  • renewable energy policy
  • climate change
  • institutions
  • environmental institutions
  • international organisations
  • oil
  • governance
  • global governance
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • Climate governance
  • Frame analysis
  • actors


  • BECC
  • Miljöpolitik-lup-obsolete
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-55631-8
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-55630-1
Fariborz Zelli
E-mail: fariborz [dot] zelli [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

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Fariborz is director of the NAVIGOV project. He received the outstanding Ph.D. thesis award of the University of Tübingen and the award for outstanding teaching performance of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

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