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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. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.12.

Abstract

A revised version of this working paper has been published as:

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. One imminent example is that of the energy sector, where traditional governance faces a crisis in meeting demands for sustainable energy solutions. New modes of agency arise out of the dilemma that government as well as the market fail to address issues such as climate change and human welfare. This article focuses on the role of actor networks in specific local settings as determinants of effective renewable energy governance. The aim of this article is to demonstrate, on the case of the Indian wind sector, that agency in evolving stakeholder networks defines how climate change-related challenges to development are tackled.

Key Words

Renewable energy, governance, stakeholder networks, India

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