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Africa and the export of China’s clean energy revolution.

Shen, W. and Power, M. (2017) 'Africa and the export of China’s clean energy revolution.', Third world quarterly., 38 (3). pp. 678-697.

Abstract

The spectacular scale and speed of China’s domestic renewable energy capacity development and technology catch-up has in recent years been followed by the ‘go out’ of Chinese clean energy technology firms seeking new markets and opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper explores the growing involvement of China in the development and transfer of renewable energy technologies in Africa and examines the key drivers and obstacles shaping Chinese renewable energy investments and exports. Far from there being some kind of grand or harmonious strategy directed by a single monolithic state, we argue that fragmented and decentralised state apparatuses and quasi-market actors in China are increasingly pursuing their own independent interests and agendas around renewable energy in Africa in ways often marked by conflict, inconsistency and incoherence. Moving beyond the state-centric analysis common in much of the research on contemporary China–Africa relations, we examine the motivations of a range of non-state and quasi-state actors, as well their different perceptions and constructions of risk, policy environments and political stability in recipient countries. The paper explores the case study example of South Africa, where Chinese firms have become increasingly significant in the diffusion of renewable energy technology.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2016.1199262
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Third World Quarterly on 20/07/2016, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01436597.2016.1199262.
Date accepted:07 June 2016
Date deposited:04 August 2016
Date of first online publication:20 July 2016
Date first made open access:20 July 2017

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