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Networking for climate change: agency in the context of renewable energy governance in India

Benecke, Elisabeth. 2011. Networking for climate change: agency in the context of renewable energy governance in India. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 11 (1): 23-42. Special Issue on "Agency in Earth System Governance"


Climate change has disastrous impacts in the developing world and confronts countries like India with immense challenges. The dilemma of addressing these challenges encourages the appearance of new modes of agency. However, the extent to which new agents are able to address these challenges depends on several factors. The aim of this article is to examine these factors and how they affect the ways in which climate change-related challenges to development are tackled in the case of the Indian wind energy sector. By firstly examining the attributes and capabilities of the different actors and secondly applying a stakeholder network analysis, the article identifies different characteristics that support the effective and efficient deployment of wind energy in one Indian state and hinder it in another.

Keywords: Renewable energy – Governance – Stakeholder networks – India

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