Meeting the surging energy needs of their citizens represents a daunting challenge facing governments across the world. Given budget constraints, limits on resource availability, and pressures to limit environmental impacts, how do governments decide how to distribute or ration energy to citizens and industry? This course examines the politics of electricity provision, the impact of natural resource wealth, and environmental politics in both democratic and non-democratic settings, with a special focus on the developing world.
- Four reading responses (500 words each), 20%
- Three short data essays (3-4 papers each), 30%
- Final paper (12-15 pages), 40%
- Class participation, 10%
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Recitation meets twice a week for 1 1/2 hours each time.