Twisting in the Wind

The Politics of Tepid Transitions to Renewable Energy
Oksan Bayulgen
Political barriers to clean energy transitions


Whereas most scholars study alternative energy policy in developed, Western nations, Oksan Bayulgen wonders why renewable energy has not advanced in countries that do not have deep fossil fuel resources. This book focuses on the political determinants of clean energy transitions, especially in developing country settings, which most of the literature has overlooked. Using an in-depth case study of energy policymaking in Turkey, Bayulgen constructs a dynamic, multidimensional theoretical model to explain the political feasibility of energy solutions to climate change in much of the world. By using Turkey as a case study, she clearly shows the role of the state and elites in energy policies that have failed to make the transition to renewables. This timely topic will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, energy investors, and anyone interested in environmental studies.

Oksan Bayulgen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.

Praise / Awards

  • “I applaud Professor Bayulgen for taking us outside the Western world to look at green energy transitions. To reverse global warming requires sufficient buy-in from non-Western countries. Her analysis is theoretically informed and empirically rich. It is a must-read for students of Turkish politics and for those who like to understand green energy transitions.”
    —Christoph Stefes, University of Colorado Denver
  • Twisting in the Wind criticizes the predominance of technological and market-based explanations and aims to establish that transition to clean energy is a political process.”

    —Hande Paker, Bahçesehir University

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 304pp.
  • 7 figures, 7 tables, 1 map.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
  • 2022
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-13325-3

  • $80.00 U.S.

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