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ISA 2017 Panel Proposal: The Political Economy of Energy Transitions and the Future of Fossil Fuels

ISA 2017 Baltimore: Panel Proposal

The Political Economy of Energy Transitions and the Future of Fossil Fuels
(Understanding Change in World Politics conference theme and IPE section)

Current transitions in global energy markets profoundly affect a wide range of social, political and economic affairs that shape international relations. The 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement renew pressures to actively promote a low-carbon transition. Concerns about fossil fuels becoming “stranded assets” spur energy companies to adapt to a situation where demand for their products becomes increasingly uncertain. The viability of unconventional fuels such as shale, Arctic and deep-water oil and gas contribute to the uncertainty characterising this energy transition. The panel investigates political and economic drivers of this transition, including incentives and impediments shaping responses from governments, energy companies and civil society in adapting to a new energy environment – addressing these issues from the perspective of theories of IR and IPE, broadly defined.

Please submit paper titles (max 50 words) and abstracts (max 200 words) to by 23 May.

Please submit also expressions of interest to serve as Discussant for this panel by same date.

Current ISA membership is required by all participants at the time of the panel submission deadline (1 June 2016).


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