Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand

 

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dc.contributor Casamadrid, Erika
dc.contributor.author Rennkamp, Britta
dc.contributor.author Haunss, Sebastian
dc.contributor.author Wongsa, Kridtiyaporn
dc.contributor.author Ortega, Araceli
dc.coverage.spatial Mexico, South Africa, Thailand en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-01T12:04:40Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-01T12:04:40Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Rennkamp, B., Haunss, S., Wongsa, K., Ortega, A. 2017. Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. Energy Research & Social Science. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2214-6296 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28541
dc.description.abstract This paper analyses why middle-income countries incentivize renewable energy despite inexpensive domestic fossil fuel resources and lack of international support. We examine the politics of renewable energy programs in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. All three countries hold abundant local fossil fuel and renewable energy resources. We argue that renewable energy programs become implementable policy options in fossil fuel resource-rich middle-income countries when coalitions of powerful political actors support them. This study presents an analysis of the domestic coalitions in support of and those in opposition to renewable energy policies from a discourse network perspective. Discourse networks reflect actors and the arguments they share to advance or hamper the policy process. The analysis draws on a data set of 560 coded statements in support or opposition of renewable energy from media articles, policy documents and interviews. Findings show similar structures of competing coalitions in all three countries, with the discourse in all three countries revealing strong linkages between environmental and economic considerations. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) *
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dc.source Energy Research & Social Science en_ZA
dc.title Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department African Climate and Development Initiative en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Rennkamp, B., Haunss, S., Wongsa, K., & Ortega, A. (2017). Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. <i>Energy Research & Social Science</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28541 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Rennkamp, Britta, Sebastian Haunss, Kridtiyaporn Wongsa, and Araceli Ortega "Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand." <i>Energy Research & Social Science</i> (2017) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28541 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Rennkamp B, Haunss S, Wongsa K, Ortega A. Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. Energy Research & Social Science. 2017; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28541. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Rennkamp, Britta AU - Haunss, Sebastian AU - Wongsa, Kridtiyaporn AU - Ortega, Araceli AB - This paper analyses why middle-income countries incentivize renewable energy despite inexpensive domestic fossil fuel resources and lack of international support. We examine the politics of renewable energy programs in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand. All three countries hold abundant local fossil fuel and renewable energy resources. We argue that renewable energy programs become implementable policy options in fossil fuel resource-rich middle-income countries when coalitions of powerful political actors support them. This study presents an analysis of the domestic coalitions in support of and those in opposition to renewable energy policies from a discourse network perspective. Discourse networks reflect actors and the arguments they share to advance or hamper the policy process. The analysis draws on a data set of 560 coded statements in support or opposition of renewable energy from media articles, policy documents and interviews. Findings show similar structures of competing coalitions in all three countries, with the discourse in all three countries revealing strong linkages between environmental and economic considerations. DA - 2017 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Energy Research & Social Science LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2017 SM - 2214-6296 T1 - Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand TI - Competing coalitions: The politics of renewable energy and fossil fuels in Mexico, South Africa and Thailand UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28541 ER - en_ZA


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