Mitchell's book offers a detailed critique of the way that energy policy decisions are being made in the UK. She contends that the British regulatory regime's view of innovation is too narrowly market focused. This leads inevitably to a lack of investment in renewable energy, compared with the alternative approaches taken in recent years by the more interventionist governments of Germany and Spain. The book includes a chapter on nuclear power policy and a case study of renewable energy policy in New Zealand.
Who is it for? For postgraduates, academics and researchers from non-governmental organisations.
Presentation: The book's layout is good, but the text is heavy going, with few graphics.
Would you recommend it? It is essential reading for energy policy professionals.
The Political Economy of Sustainable Energy
Author: Catherine Mitchell
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan