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Germany's Energy Transition


Germany's Energy Transition

A Comparative Perspective

This book, edited by Professor Carol Hager, Ph.D. and Ecologic Institute's Associate Professor Christoph H. Stefes, Ph.D. analyzes Germany's path-breaking Energiewende, the country's transition from an energy system based on fossil and nuclear fuels to a sustainable energy system based on renewables. The authors explain Germany's commitment to a renewable energy transition on multiple levels of governance, from the local to the European, focusing on the sources of institutional change that made the transition possible. They then place the German case in international context through comparative case studies of energy transitions in the USA, China, and Japan. These chapters highlight the multifaceted challenges, and the enormous potential, in different paths to a sustainable energy future. Taken together, they tell the story of one of the most important political, economic, and social undertakings of our time.


Hager, Carol and Christoph H. Stefes (eds.) 2016: Germany's Energy Transition. A Comparative Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan US: New York.

PhD Carol Hager
978-1-137-44288-8 (eBook), 978-1-137-44287-1 (Hardcover)
235 pp.
Table of Contents

The Grassroots Origins of the German Energy Transition
Hager, Carol

Why Subnational Actors Matter: The Role of Länder and Municipalities in the German Energy Transition
Schönberger, Philipp (et al.)

Critical Junctures and the German Energiewende
Stefes, Christoph H.

The German Energiewende in a European Context
Schreurs, Miranda A.

Avoiding Transitions, Layering Change: The Evolution of American Energy Policy
Laird, Frank N.

Exercising Power: China’s Transition to Efficient, Renewable Energy
Ohshita, Stephanie

Renegotiating Japan’s Energy Compact
Hughes, Llewelyn

Conclusion: Lessons from the German Energiewende
Stefes, Christoph H.

Energy transition, energy policy, renewable energy, Germany, Europe, USA, China, Japan