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The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and their Reform

The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and their Reform

Jakob Skovgaard, Harro van Asselt, Doug Koplow, Shelagh Whitley, Laurie van der Burg, Peter Newell, Phil Johnstone, Thijs Van de Graaf, Mathieu Blondeel, Ronald Steenblik, Jehan Sauvage, Christina Timiliotis, Laura Merrill, Kati Kulovesi, Vernon Rive, Nathan Lemphers, Steven Bernstein, Matthew Hoffmann, Kathryn Chelminski, Abhishek Jain, Shalu Agrawal, Karthik Ganesan, Jesse Burton, Tawney Lott, Britta Rennkamp, Claudia Strambo, Ana Carolina González Espinosa, Angélica Puertas Velasco, Aaron Atteridge, Tom S. H. Moerenhout, Michelle Scobie
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  • Publication planned for: August 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416795

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  • Fossil fuel subsidies strain public budgets, and contribute to climate change and local air pollution. Despite widespread agreement among experts about the benefits of reforming fossil fuel subsidies, repeated international commitments to eliminate them, and valiant efforts by some countries to reform them, they continue to persist. This book helps explain this conundrum, by exploring the politics of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform. Bringing together scholars and practitioners, the book offers new case studies both from countries that have undertaken subsidy reform, and those that have yet to do so. It explores the roles of various intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions in promoting fossil fuel subsidy reform at the international level, as well as conceptual aspects of fossil fuel subsidies. This is essential reading for researchers and practitioners, and students of political science, international relations, law, public policy, and environmental studies. This title is also available as Open Access.

    • Contains the first academic collection of analyses of the global and domestic politics of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform
    • Offers new insights into why - notwithstanding its obvious benefits - fossil fuel subsidy reform sometimes fails and sometimes succeeds
    • Applies an analytical framework allowing readers to place fossil fuel subsidies within a wider political science context
    • This title is also available as Open Access
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    Advance praise: 'Fossil fuel subsidies are enormous, damaging, and fiendishly hard to reform. This is an essential, comprehensive guide to understanding the issue - and identifying the narrow pathways that may lead to reform. Anyone concerned with the political economy of climate change will benefit from Skovgaard and van Asselt's important book.' Michael L. Ross, University of California, Los Angeles

    Advance praise: 'Fossil fuel subsidies are expensive and harmful to the environment, yet governments around the world continue to dole them out. This volume offers a comprehensive review of the problem, the politics surrounding it, and experiences with reform efforts in different countries. Skovgaard and van Asselt have compiled an excellent collection on one of the great public policy problems of our time.' Johannes Urpelainen, The Johns Hopkins University

    Advance praise: 'Over the past century, the politics, institutions and infrastructure of industrial economies have co-evolved with fossil fuels. Yet, addressing climate change is impossible if countries do not wean themselves off fossil fuels, and fast. In this comprehensive new book, Skovgaard and van Asselt, along with a diverse set of contributors, unpack the entrenched politics of fossil fuel subsidies that lie at the heart of this dilemma. Built both around detailed country cases and the dynamics of international institutional politics, they develop a framework to understand the emergence of fossil fuel subsidies as a key agenda in global and national climate politics, but also for its uncertain progress. In both its wide scope, as well as its incisive treatment, this is a field-defining volume of a critical topic.' Navroz K. Dubash, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

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    • Publication planned for: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416795
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The politics of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform: an introduction Jakob Skovgaard and Harro van Asselt
    Part II. The Scope of the Challenge:
    2. Defining and measuring fossil fuel subsidies Doug Koplow
    3. Reforming fossil fuel subsidies: the art of the possible Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg
    4. The political economy of incumbency: fossil fuel subsidies in global and historical context Peter Newell and Phil Johnstone
    Part III. The International Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform:
    5. Fossil fuel subsidy reform: an international norm perspective Thijs Van de Graaf and Mathieu Blondeel
    6. International push, domestic reform? The influence of international economic institutions on fossil fuel subsidy reform Jakob Svovgaard
    7. Fossil fuel subsidies and the global trade regime Ronald Steenblik, Jehan Sauvage and Christina Timiliotis
    8. Fossil fuel subsidies and the global climate regime Harro van Asselt, Laura Merrill and Kati Kulovesi
    9. Anatomy of an international norm entrepreneur: the friends of fossil fuel subsidy reform Vernon Rive
    10. The global subsidies initiative: catalytic actors and the politics of fossil fuel subsidy reform Nathan Lemphers, Steven Bernstein and Matthew Hoffmann
    Part IV. The Domestic Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform:
    11. Fossil fuel subsidy reform in Indonesia: the struggle for successful reform Kathryn Chelminski
    12. Lessons from the world's largest subsidy benefit transfer scheme: the case of liquefied petroleum gas subsidy reform in India Abhishek Jain, Shalu Agrawal and Karthik Ganesan
    13. Sustaining carbon lock-in: fossil fuel subsidies in South Africa Jesse Burton, Tawney Lott and Britta Rennkamp
    14. The politics of subsidies to coal extraction in Colombia Claudia Strambo, Ana Carolina González Espinosa, Angélica Puertas Velasco and Aaron Atteridge
    15. Reforming Egypt's fossil fuel subsidies in the context of a changing social contract Tom S. H. Moerenhout
    16. Actors, frames and contexts in fossil fuel subsidy reform: the case of Trinidad and Tobago Michelle Scobie
    Part V. Synthesis and Conclusions:
    17. Conclusions and ways forward Jakob Skovgaard and Harro van Asselt
    Index.

  • Editor

    Jakob Skovgaard, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
    Jakob Skovgaard is a researcher at Lunds Universitet, Sweden, undertaking research on EU and international climate change policy. From 2007 to 2010 he worked in the international climate change team of the Danish Finance Ministry, his responsibilities covering inter alia international fossil fuel subsidy reform. His recent publications include articles in Global Environmental Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, World Development and Environmental Politics, and a special issue of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics.

    Author

    Harro van Asselt, Stockholm Environment Institute
    Harro van Asselt is Professor of Climate Law and Policy in the Law School of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), and a Senior Research Fellow with the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is Editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law. He was previously employed at the University of Oxford and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has published widely, including in Nature Climate Change, Global Policy, Global Governance, Regulation & Governance, Climatic Change, Global Environmental Politics, Environmental Politics, and Climate Policy. He is the author of The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance (2014).

    Contributors

    Jakob Skovgaard, Harro van Asselt, Doug Koplow, Shelagh Whitley, Laurie van der Burg, Peter Newell, Phil Johnstone, Thijs Van de Graaf, Mathieu Blondeel, Ronald Steenblik, Jehan Sauvage, Christina Timiliotis, Laura Merrill, Kati Kulovesi, Vernon Rive, Nathan Lemphers, Steven Bernstein, Matthew Hoffmann, Kathryn Chelminski, Abhishek Jain, Shalu Agrawal, Karthik Ganesan, Jesse Burton, Tawney Lott, Britta Rennkamp, Claudia Strambo, Ana Carolina González Espinosa, Angélica Puertas Velasco, Aaron Atteridge, Tom S. H. Moerenhout, Michelle Scobie

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