Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World is one of our bestselling Politics books this year. The book is co-authored by Dries Lesage, Thijs Van de Graaf and Kirsten Westphal, and it investigates the relationship between the emergence of a multipolar world order and the enormous challenges of global energy governance that the world is facing in the 21st century.
The authors reflect on fundamental questions such as how the main consuming countries can avoid conflict over scarce resources, how they will cooperate to bring about open energy markets, energy conservation and efficiency, and how they can promote renewable energy sources.
‘This important book addresses a crucial issue that has been ignored for far too long – how to establish and implement international rules that facilitate energy security on a sustainable basis for all. It combines a thorough analysis of the world’s key energy governance institutions, the interests of key countries, and the past and potential roles for concerts of major powers such as the G8 with thought-provoking recommendations that deserve serious consideration by policy-makers around the world.’ Ann Florini, National University of Singapore, Singapore and The Brookings Institution, USA
‘…a truly path breaking book on a subject of vital importance that shows a deep understanding of the increasingly multi-polar and interdependent world in which we live. Energy issues cannot be compartmentalized from other global issues and the authors grasp the reality that the world needs a “political steering committee”. They are right. ‘ Gordon Smith, University of Victoria and former Deputy Foreign Minister of Canada
Contents: Introduction; Part I Global Energy Governance Today: The global energy challenge; Blueprint for a global sustainable energy regime; The institutional landscape of global energy governance. Part II Bringing in Multipolarity: Major power concerts and global energy governance; The players in the multipolar energy game; The G8’s track record in global energy governance. Part III Conclusions: G8 leadership in global energy governance: an evaluation; Prospects for energy cooperation in a multipolar world; Bibliography; Index.