SPP professor Nick Sitter and former SPP professor Andreas Goldthau (University of Erfurt) publish article in Policy and Society

December 21, 2020

SPP professor Nick Sitter and former SPP professor Andreas Goldthau (University of Erfurt) published an article in Policy and Society about what International Political Economy and Global Public Policy bring to bear in global energy research. The article is available through open access. According to the paper, Global Public Policy tells us why we need international regimes for energy; while IPE tells us why we only have incomplete ones. Although IPE and GPP overlap conceptionally and empirically, there is a case for keeping GPP and IPE analytically distinct. The two approaches to the study of energy market, regulation and politics entail asking different types of questions based on distinct theories and assumptions. There is therefore no reason to merge them. Each is best valued by its own analytical contribution – even as we grapple with new, cross-cutting issues such as the geopolitics and geo-economics of global energy transitions.

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