Author(s): Andreas Lindström, Kevin Rosner and Jakob Granit

Year: 2018

In: Marcelle C. Dawson, Christopher Rosin, Nave Wald (eds.) Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation? Routledge, 2018. 212 pages. In print: 2 November 2017

ISBN: 9781138241022

Type: Book chapter



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Cooperation in the power sector to advance regionalisation processes and sustainable energy flows

Nordic power flow in realtime. Source: Statnett (screenshot 23 Aug 2017) power flow in realtime. Source: Statnett (screenshot 23 Aug 2017)

This book chapter examines regional energy cooperation as a strategy for achieving sustainable economic development and peace through the formation of stronger ties among neighbouring countries.

The increasing demand for a stable supply of electricity has prompted transboundary cooperation in areas where energy resources are unevenly distributed. The authors note the potential for ‘regionalism’ and regional collaboration to generate political, economic and social benefits. They also emphasise deregulation and the mechanisms of the market as being instrumental for achieving a transboundary energy pool.

Scarcity appears in this chapter, not as a theoretical concept, but in the form of constraints on electricity production imposed by costs of infrastructure and demands for alternative energy sources.

This book chapter is part of Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation which examines the wider potential for the experience of scarcity to promote cooperation in international relations and diplomacy beyond the traditional bounds of the interests of competitive nation-states.


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