Concepts and Instruments for a Rational Bioenergy Policy

A New Institutional Economics Approach

  • Alexandra Purkus

Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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About this book


This book provides an in-depth economic analysis of the challenges associated with bioenergy use and production. Drawing on New Institutional Economics and the theory of economic policy, it develops theory-based recommendations for a bioenergy policy that strives for efficiency and sustainability. Further, it shows how to deal with diverse uncertainties and constraints, such as institutional path dependencies, transaction costs, multiple and conflicting policy aims, and interacting market failures, while also applying the resulting theoretical insights to a case study analysis of Germany’s bioenergy policy. As such, the book aims to bridge the gap between practical bioenergy policymaking on the one hand, and neoclassical theory-based concepts that strictly focus on a minimization of greenhouse gas mitigation costs on the other.           


Bioenergy Policy Renewable Energy Policy New Institutional Economics Climate Change Mitigation Uncertainty Bioenergy Allocation Public Choice Theory Bioelectricity Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Purkus
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Resea Department of EconomicsLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31134-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31135-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-1284
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-1292
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