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Reducing Energy Subsidies in China, India and Russia: Dilemmas for Decision Makers

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  • Grant Dansie

    () (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), PB 8159 Dep., 0033 Oslo, Norway)

  • Marc Lanteigne

    () (University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ, Scotland, UK)

  • Indra Overland

    () (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), PB 8159 Dep., 0033 Oslo, Norway
    University of Tromso, 9037 Tromso, Norway)

Abstract

This article examines and compares efforts to reduce energy subsidies in China, India and Russia. Despite dissimilarities in forms of governance, these three states have followed surprisingly similar patterns in reducing energy subsidies, characterised by two steps forward, one step back. Non-democratic governments and energy importers might be expected to be more likely to halt subsidies. In fact, the degree of democracy and status as net energy exporters or importers does not seem to significantly affect these countries’ capacity to reduce subsidies, as far as can be judged from the data in this article. Politicians in all three fear that taking unpopular decisions may provoke social unrest.

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  • Grant Dansie & Marc Lanteigne & Indra Overland, 2010. "Reducing Energy Subsidies in China, India and Russia: Dilemmas for Decision Makers," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(2), pages 1-19, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:475-493:d:7012
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    Cited by:

    1. Goldthau, Andreas & Sovacool, Benjamin K., 2012. "The uniqueness of the energy security, justice, and governance problem," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 232-240.
    2. Sovacool, Benjamin K. & Mukherjee, Ishani & Drupady, Ira Martina & D’Agostino, Anthony L., 2011. "Evaluating energy security performance from 1990 to 2010 for eighteen countries," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(10), pages 5846-5853.
    3. Peng Ou & Ruting Huang & Xin Yao, 2016. "Economic Impacts of Power Shortage," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(7), pages 1-21, July.
    4. repec:eee:energy:v:148:y:2018:i:c:p:896-903 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    energy subsidies; politics; China; India; Russia;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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