Introduction: Comparing low-carbon transitions

Giuseppe Bellantuono, Lee Godden, Hanri Mostert, Hannah Wiseman, Hao Zhang

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The introductory chapter sets out the goals of the Handbook. A large litera¬ture has explored the multiple facets of the transition. The Handbook adds to this sci¬entific debate a thoroughly comparative perspective on the legal underpinnings of the transformations taking place in energy systems worldwide. The concept of legal pathways of decarbonisation is proposed as a heuristic device to analyse the institu¬tional contexts influencing the policy choices in each country or region. From an ex¬planatory point of view, the concept of legal pathways draws on comparative legal methodologies to identify the role played by each component of the legal system. From a normative point of view, legal pathways should be integrated into theories of the low-carbon transition and decarbonisation scenarios policymakers rely on. Such integration is needed both to foster the interdisciplinary dialogue and ensure the transition proceeds at the right pace and in the right direction. The chapter concludes with an overview of the five parts of the Handbook.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Energy Law in the Low-Carbon Transition
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783110752403
ISBN (Print)9783110752335
StatePublished - May 22 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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