The Political Economy of Electricity: Progressive Capitalism and the Struggle to Build a Sustainable Power Sector, 1st Edition

  • Mark Cooper
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  • ISBN-10: 1440853436
  • ISBN-13: 9781440853432
  • DDC: 333.793
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 459 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Providing critical insights that will interest readers ranging from economists to environmentalists, policymakers, and politicians, this book analyzes the economics and technology trends involved in the dilemma of decarbonization and addresses why aggressive policy is required in a capitalist political economy to create a sea change away from fossil fuels.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Energy Resources, Technology, and Policy.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Historical Context.
1: Introduction.
2: The Political Economy of the Paris Agreement, Technological Progress, and the Decarbonization-Development Dilemma.
Analytic Framework.
3: The Technological Revolutions of Industrial Capitalism.
4: The Innovation System of Progressive Capitalism.
The Complexity of Resource Selection in a Low-Carbon Electricity Sector.
5: The Cost of Electricity in a Low-Carbon Future.
6: Energy Potential and Institutional Resource Needs.
7: Conceptualizing Market Imperfections.
8: The Nuclear War Against the Future.
Policy Responses and Decision Making Tools.
9: The Urgent Need For Policy Action: “Command But Not Control”.
10: Decision Making and the Terrain of Knowledge.
11: Application of Multicriteria Portfolio Analysis.
Epilogue: The Importance of Local Support For Global Climate Policy if the United States Flip-Flops on the Paris Agreement.
Appendix I: Democratic Equality and the Encyclical on Climate Change as Progressive Capitalism.
Appendix II: Conceptual Specification of Market Imperfections.
Appendix III: Empirical Evidence on Policy Directly Evaluating Price in the Climate Change Analysis.
About the Author.