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2 | 2011
Energy and Development
Dossier | Energie et développement - Revue | Évolutions des politiques de développement

Towards Global Energy Governance : How to Patch the Patchwork

Sijbren De Jong
Vers une gouvernance mondiale de l’énergie : comment compléter le puzzle


Published by Palgrave Macmillan

Contemporary global energy relations have fundamentally changed, inter alia, as a result of dwindling oil and gas reserves, an increase in demand for energy from emerging economies, the need for global climate change action, the impact of renewable and alternative sources of energy, and, linked to all this, the increased politicisation and securitisation of energy.

The institutional architecture governing energy relations worldwide has been unable to accommodate these developments. It suffers from fundamental issues of representativeness, a low level of institutionalisation and a lack of compliance enforcement capacity. Today’s institutions thus risk becoming unrepresentative and ultimately ineffective unless reform takes place.

Subsequently an analysis is made of the most influential international energy fora and institutions with a particular view to identifying their ability to effectively govern global energy relations, the role of emerging and developing countries within the current architecture, and the potential for these fora and institutions to contribute to an inclusive and effective form of global energy governance.

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Sijbren De Jong, « Towards Global Energy Governance : How to Patch the Patchwork », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 2 | 2011, Online since 24 May 2011, connection on 13 December 2019. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.736

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About the author

Sijbren De Jong

Research Fellow and PhD candidate, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His areas of expertise are European Union (EU) external energy policy and global energy governance.

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