State capitalism and energy democracy

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Abstract

The current paper highlights the interconnection between the state capitalist system and the concept of energy democracy. Both terms have attracted the attention of scholars because of significant economic, environmental, and political events. Our paper reviews the literature to show that state capitalism and energy democracy cannot exist together because the values of state capitalism contradict the necessary conditions to generate energy democracy. Moreover, globally, Western capitalist countries are failing in terms of their economies and political performance and yet, at the same time, economic performance is shifting toward state capitalism with less importance given to democratic actions. Therefore, we expect a deterioration or slowness in energy democracy diffusion and renewable energy deployment. For state capitalism to generate geographical representation, it needs to use regulations and spread renewable energy technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalGeoforum
Volume125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Energy democracy
  • Energy governance
  • Geographical representation
  • Renewable energy deployment
  • State capitalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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