This course introduces fundamental concepts that are at the core of public policy with a thematic focus on energy policies. Students will examine how interests, institutions, and ideas shape energy policy. How do particular interest groups and institutional structures shape energy policy outcomes? How do cross-national variations in governments' capacities and willingness to pursue decarbonisation policies affect policy outcomes? How do ideas about climate and energy policy affect energy policy outcomes? And can different state-society relations explain differences in outcomes?
The course provides students with an analytical toolkit for understanding the policy process dimensions of energy policies. Student debates are an important element of this course and will focus on different elements of policy processes, with one student group arguing pro and one arguing contra.