The Politics and Governance of Energy Subsidies

  • Harro van Asselt
  • Jakob Skovgaard
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)


Energy subsidies are an important tool through which governments can support domestic energy production and protect energy consumers. However, the exact size of these subsidies in many countries remains unclear. More importantly, energy subsidies have a variety of positive and negative economic, environmental and social effects, and it remains unclear how and under which political conditions negative effects stemming from energy subsidies could be mitigated. This chapter addresses these issues by examining the reasons why countries choose to subsidise energy production and consumption, the scope and effects of energy subsidies, and options for reform. The chapter also highlights the roles played by various international institutions in governing energy subsidies. It concludes with outlining areas for further inquiry.


International Monetary Fund World Trade Organization International Energy Agency Producer Subsidy Energy Subsidy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harro van Asselt
    • 1
  • Jakob Skovgaard
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm Environment InstituteOxfordSweden
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceLund UniversityLundSweden

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