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Energy Governance in Turkey


Energy governance has been widely prescribed to address the energy trilemma (i.e., energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability) at global, regional, and national levels. This is a particularly daunting task for those net energy importer developing countries with growing energy consumption levels to fuel their growth. Drawing on primary documents and statistics along with the relevant academic literature and reports, the chapter scrutinizes energy governance in Turkey with a particular emphasis on the neoliberal developmentalist model of its carbon-intense economy with ambitious regional energy diplomacy (i.e., pipeline politics). Albeit its generous renewable energy resource endowment and renewable energy support mechanisms/initiatives, energy governance deficits with limited norm diffusion/policy transfer/convergence prospects from the EU slowdown energy transition of the country. The chapter concludes that the new normal of the post-COVID-19 provides a significant opportunity not only for the revitalization of its economy based on the renewable energy sector and energy-efficient technologies but also harnesses the energy transition of Turkey towards a green economy.


  • Turkey
  • Energy governance
  • Energy transition
  • Energy diplomacy

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İşeri, E., Uygurtürk, T. (2021). Energy Governance in Turkey. In: Knodt, M., Kemmerzell, J. (eds) Handbook of Energy Governance in Europe. Springer, Cham.

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